While saying Robert Griffin III had been cleared to play in the Washington Redskins' season opener, coach Mike Shanahan mentioned Thursday that Dr. James Andrews had a "couple concerns" regarding the quarterback's recovery from knee surgery.
Sources within the organization told The Washington Post that none of the "concerns" were significant to keep RGIII from playing and they suspected the doctor wanted to make sure the team used Griffin wisely without subjecting him to unnecessary risks.
On Friday, Andrews denied expressing any trepidation.
"None of it is true," Andrews wrote in a text to The Post. "No concerns."
Shanahan's comments are looking more and more like another screwball from a coach who's well known for trying to keep opponents guessing.
Last season, Shanahan kept RGIII under wraps in the preseason before unleashing him on opponents. It's completely within character for the coach to try to keep the Philadelphia Eagles guessing about Griffin's readiness, even if no one else is buying it. Apparently Andrews has no desire to play the coach's game.