Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III answered one of the most important questions last.
Does he expect to play Sunday vs. Cleveland?
“I can’t tell you that,” Griffin said. “I don’t want to give the Cleveland Browns a competitive advantage. I don’t want to let anybody down. I don’t want to say I’ll be playing and then end up not playing.”
So the world will continue to wait and see how his sprained right lateral collateral ligament responds to treatment. He was limited in practice Wednesday. Here are the highlights from his post-practice press conference:
How much better he feels compared to Sunday: “A lot better. It’s gotten better every day, which is a positive sign for me. Sunday night I thought there was no chance I could play the next week. Monday morning I felt better about it. Yesterday I felt better about it and today I feel really good about it. It just depends on if I continue to progress the way I am.”
What he did in practice: “I have to leave that to coach. I did enough to give myself the confidence to push it tomorrow and then on Friday.”
How much he factors in the potential for making it worse: “They haven’t talked to me much about that. I know in 2009 when I tore my ACL and I wanted to come back and play two weeks off that, then you have a chance to mess up the other ligaments. With a Grade 1 LCL sprain I don’t know if you are in danger of hurting other ligaments. I’ll wear a brace and go from there.”
If he feels it every day: “On Sunday night and Monday you definitely noticed it. But the more the leg loosens up the more the swelling goes down, the more you progress and the more you can do normal things. So getting out of bed, walking up steps, I use that as a little gauge to see how I can come out and perform. It’s gotten a lot easier for me. I can walk up and down steps normally. I can run in place and I can do all those things. I’m the happiest guy in the world right now.”
Planting and throwing: “Planting and throwing is not a problem. I did some planting and throwing out here all day.”
His recovery: “It’s different for everybody. I feel I can push through any kind of injury. Does that mean I’ll play Sunday? Who knows, we’ll see what happens. I want to be out there for those guys like I told them I would be.”
Being able to play with his natural instincts if he’s hurt: “I’ve told many people I’ more than a runner, more than an athletic quarterback. I don’t have to prove that to anybody. But one gauge is, will I be able to make instinctive moves without thinking about it. I couldn’t do that in 2009 off the ACL. I could control my movements, but when I had to make a quick decision I couldn’t plant and go…. Can you make that explosive step? I was able to do that today. Hopefully I can do that more and more throughout the week.”
If he would change anything about the third down scramble: “I was frustrated. First of all, the hit hurt. I was frustrated when I got up because I was getting down. That play can happen to anybody. It wasn’t like I was waiting until the last second and got hit in the head like I did against Atlanta. I was getting down and my leg came up and he hit my leg. That’s an unfortunate part of it. But I think the one thing people have to realize is that football is a physical sport and there are a lot of quarterbacks that aren’t runners that aren’t playing because of injuries. It’s not because I’m a little athletic and can move around that I’m more prone to injuries. There’s a lot of quarterbacks getting hurt that don’t move around a lot. I don’t look at it that way. I tried to get down. … I’ll make sure I continue to play safe, play the way I have and still be aggressive.”
What his teammates are telling him: “Don’t play if I can’t play. Coming out there and doing what I did in practice is kind of a showcase for you guys to see me move around and that I’m not on crutches and also for [teammates] to see I’m OK and that if I do step out there in between the lines, they don’t have to worry about me. … I don’t want them to think I’ll put myself in harm’s way if I can’t go out and perform.”
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