That call goes to Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, who told reporters Monday there is "no possibility" his prized franchise quarterback will see game action before the start of the regular season.
"Our plan is to play him Week 1," Shanahan said. "I want to play him Week 1. I think we have a good game plan."
Shanahan said Dr. James Andrews, the Redskins' doctor and famed orthopedist, advised that Griffin sit out the preseason. Shanahan is happy RGIII wants to compete, but he's going to protect the QB the best he can.
"I like competitors," Shanahan said. "I like people that want to go. The great ones do that. ... I don't want to push him when we don't have to. ... He'll be ready. He's going to have to trust me there."
Griffin took part in a 11-on-11 walkthrough for the first time Monday morning. Afterward, he told reporters his wish to play in Washington's Week 3 preseason matchup against the Buffalo Bills. For starting players, the third preseason game is the last real game action before the regular season begins.
"Coach has been saying if things go great these next couple days and next week, then maybe," Griffin said earlier Monday. "But it's a hard no right now. It's my job to make it a soft no and possibly a yes."
It remains a "hard no." Griffin made a point to send out a tweet Monday stating there is "no friction" between Shanahan and himself. The reality is that they are two disparate voices in the same room.
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