RG3 Ready for Live Drills

Charles E. Sutton | 8/13/2013, 11:19 a.m.
Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III speaks with reporters on Aug. 12, 2012. (Courtesy of the Washington Redskins via Instagram)

Throughout the Redskins training camp this summer, quarterback Robert Griffin III has been asked to watch from the sideline whenever the action gets physical. On Wednesday, for first time during camp, Griffin will step up and actually face a full defense.

Griffin was originally to participate in 11-on-11 drills Monday, but Saturday's rained-out practice delayed the schedule. The Redskins' game-week preparations will now take place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Monday's practice was a standard two-a-day. Coach Shanahan has consistently held Griffin out of those workouts because he feels they're too strenuous.

Griffin, who tore his ACL during a playoff game in January, hasn't faced a full defense so far in camp, though he was medically cleared late last month to participate in practices.

Griffin has expressed displeasure with Shanahan's plan because is predetermined and does not take into consideration the health of Griffin's knee, but said he's ultimately willing to go along. Shanahan has laid out Griffin's progression all the way to opening night, but only he and Griffin know the specific plan.

Shanahan allowed Griffin to get in the most work he's had thus far in camp during Monday's workout. The second-year quarterback took more than 50 snaps during the walk-through session. That period is much lighter than the afternoon workout, though. There are no contact drills and players don't wear pads.

The former Heisman Trophy winner acknowledged that the chances of him playing in the preseason are slim. Shanahan confirmed that he would hold Griffin out, saying it's the head coach's job to do what's best for his starting quarterback.

On Wednesday, Griffin's focus will shift to on-the-field activities, as he joins his teammates for 11-on-11 drills. We'll get the chance to see him participate in live drills while getting prepared for the season opener.