Griffin's orthopedic surgeon, however, has no interest in tamping down expectations. Dr. James Andrews recently described the quarterback as "superhuman" in his ability and motivation to recover from surgery to repair the anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments in his right knee.
While those comments from Andrews might seem hyperbolic, a similar assessment recently was offered by Griffin's rehab partner, free-agent tight end Fred Davis.
"You can barely even tell that he's hurt. He's doing every drill" Davis said Friday on "NFL AM". "He looks comfortable and normal to me. When he first got back, I was surprised, like, 'Did you just have surgery?'"
Shanahan is doing Griffin a favor in attempting to cushion the blow if the quarterback isn't ready when the Week 1 whistle blows. To hear Davis and Andrews talk, though, it's perfectly reasonable for Redskins fans to get their hopes up.
"He works hard. Whenever he says he's going to do something, he's going to do it," Davis added. "I believe that he'll be back sooner than people expect."