Robert Griffin III wants to play. This isn't a secret because, well, he's made those sentiments clear every time he speaks to the media. And that was the case Monday when the Redskins' second-year quarterback said he hoped to play in the team's Week 3 preseason game against the Bills.
"Coach has been saying if things go great these next couple days and next week, then maybe," Griffin said during his weekly Monday press conference. "But it's a hard no right now. It's my job to make it a soft no and possibly a yes."
Turns out, it's a hard no, Robert.
Several hours after RG3 spoke those words, coach Mike Shanahan had a press conference of his own where he said there is "no possibility" Griffin sees the field before the regular season.
“Hopefully he's ready for the first game of the season,” Shanahan said via the Washington Post. “If there's no setbacks, he'll be ready. And he's going to have to trust me there. ...
“That's my job, not to necessarily do what he likes but to do what's the best thing for him and this organization,” Shanahan continued. “My job is to get him ready for the first game and that's what we're hoping we can do. Without a setback, I believe he will be ready for the first game. And I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that there is no setback and we can have him for the first game of the season. But if there is a setback, then we'll have to adjust accordingly.”
ESPN 980's Chris Russell reported Monday that there was "competitive friction" between quarterback and coach over practice reps, something RG3 later dismissed on Twitter.
There is no friction. There is an understanding between coach and player. That is all. Don't have to like everything— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) August 12, 2013
“I love when somebody wants to play,” Shanahan said. “I love it when somebody wants to be out there. That's a good problem to have as a head coach. ... My job is to make sure that we do the best thing for Robert. And that's what I'm going to try to do.”
More Shanahan: “My job is to make sure he's ready to play. ... I'm gonna do what I think gives him the best chance to be ready for the first game. … I like competitors, though. I like people that want to go. The great ones do that. The great ones want to practice. They want to play. And Robert does petition you guys. I like it. It's good.”
On Monday, Griffin, who is almost fully recovered from a knee injury he suffered in January, took part in an 11-on-11 walkthrough session for the first time. And for an idea of his mobility, here he is before the Redskins' preseason opener (via SBNation)
We're guessing they're no way RG3 misses the regular-season opener.