All doctors have to do is examine quarterback Robert Griffin III, put him through tests and determine whether his twice reconstructed right knee has healed completely. That’s easy. Then comes the hard part for Washington Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan: everything else about Griffin’s return.
After Griffin is medically cleared to practice, Shanahan must decide when he will play for the first time since he tore knee ligaments during a playoff game last January. If Griffin achieves his goal of being reinstated at the beginning of training camp late next month, should he start in Washington’s preseason opener? Should he play at all during the exhibition season? What about the regular-season opener? The young superstar is both the present and future of the franchise. Would it make the most sense for the Redskins to take it slowly with Griffin before reintroducing him to the intensity of the regular season?