Griffin cleared for Redskins season opener
TAMPA - Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has been cleared to play in the team's NFL season-opener on September 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan announced after Thursday's 30-12 pre-season victory over Tampa Bay that Griffin, who had reconstructive knee surgery in January, had been cleared to play by doctor James Andrews.
Griffin sprained the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee in a regular-season victory over Baltimore last December and missed one game. He returned to help lead the Redskins to their first NFC East division title since 1999 but the former Heisman Trophy winner then re-injured his knee in a first-round playoff loss to Seattle.
Despite that disappointing end to his campaign, "RG3" was named the NFL's top offensive rookie last season.
He completed 65.6 percent of his passes for 3,200 yards with 20 touchdowns and five interceptions in 15 games and also rushed for 815 yards and seven touchdowns.
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