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Robert Griffin III tweets that he's 'cleared' to play Week 1

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Robert Griffin III tweets that he's 'cleared' for Week 1.
Robert Griffin III tweets that he's 'cleared' for Week 1. (USATSI)

We've all known for weeks -- months? -- that Robert Griffin III was going to play Week 1 for the Redskins. Reports started leaking out earlier this week but now it's officially official.

Griffin, who's previously said he's "not below 100 percent," tweeted on Thursday night that he's "cleared" to play Week 1 against the Eagles.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan confirmed the news following Washington's preseason game and said he would speak with Griffin about some "concerns" and follow up with the media on Monday.

"I did talk to Dr. Andrews and Dr. Andrews after talking to him he is going to approve Robert to play," Shanahan said. "There's a couple concerns that he has. I'll talk to Robert over the weekend and I'll let you guys know on Monday."

This is, of course, huge news for the Redskins. Having Griffin return in time for Week 1 of the season when he blew out his knee in the final game of Washington's season -- a postseason loss to the Seahawks -- is an incredible turnaround and speaks volumes to the work Griffin put in this offseason.

But it feels a little anticlimatic, right? After all, we've known Griffin was going to play. There's been little question for a few weeks that RG3 would be suited up for Washington from the get go.

Now the only question is how Griffin will perform. Certainly there are plenty of folks who believe he could be limited or could be tentative when he gets back on the field.

My guess is he'll be fine. At the beginning of Redskins training camp when Griffin started doing some team drills, you could tell that he was pretty darn close to being ready for the season. It's no surprise that as we close in on a week until the start of the season that Griffin's a full-blown go for the 2013 NFL season.

Now we get to wait and see how he looks in prime time. Fortunately we don't have to wait long.

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