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Report: Doctor concerned with how Redskins plan to use Robert Griffin

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Robert Griffin's knee is still a cause for some concern. (USATSI)
Robert Griffin's knee is still a cause for some concern. (USATSI)

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III tweeted on Thursday that he's been cleared to play in Week 1, but that doesn't mean there's not still some concern about his knee.

Dr. James Andrews -- who performed RG3's knee surgery -- is concerned about how Washington plans to use RG3 offensively and about potential punishment Griffin's knee will take during games, according to ESPN.com.

Coach Mike Shanahan mentioned on Thursday that Andrews had several concerns, but at the time, Shanahan didn't say what specifically Andrews was concerned with.

"I did talk to Dr. Andrews and 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."

The concerns Andrews has are interesting ones, especially since he cleared Griffin to play. Griffin is going to play a major, major role in the Redskins offense and it's not going to help Shanahan's ability to coach if Shanahan knows that RG3's doctor is concerned about RG3's role in the Washington offense.

Andrews also mentioned that he doesn't want to see the Redskins expose RG3's knee to punishment during games. This is a weird concern because unless Washington leaves Griffin on the bench, the team really has no control over what kind of punishment his knee takes.

When Griffin's on the field, it's going to be up to him to make sure he avoids taking punishing hits to his knee.

Anyway, now we just all have another reason to watch the Redskins regular season opener on Sept. 9 against Philadelphia.

UPDATE 2:39 p.m. ET: Andrews is now disputing what ESPN is reporting. In a text to the Washington Times, Andrews said he has 'no concerns,' which makes the situation even more interesting considering Shanahan said on Thursday that Andrews did have concerns.


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