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11:22 AM ET 07.21 | With just three days before the Washington Redskins report to Richmond for pre-training camp physicals and conditioning tests, and four days before they hit the field for their first practice, quarterback Robert Griffin III feels ready to join his teammates on the field, less than seven months since the reconstruction of his right knee. On Wednesday, he'll find out if he can. A person familiar with the second-year quarterback's physical and mental health said this week that Griffin's knee -- the same in which he tore his right anterior cruciate ligament in 2009 and then this past January suffered damage to his lateral collateral ligament, ACL and meniscus -- "feels great," and that Griffin believes that he has done everything possible to meet his stated goal of returning for the opening of camp. The person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized by the Redskins to speak publicly on the matter, said Griffin continues to run and cut without pain or limitation. However, the decision on whether Griffin receives the green light to practice this week rests with James Andrews, the sports orthopedic surgeon who serves as a team consultant and spends every game on the Redskins' sideline. Andrews, who has met with Griffin periodically to monitor his process since conducting his surgery in January, will examine his knee extensively Wednesday. He will determine then just how ready Griffin really is to return to the field, and relay that opinion to the Redskins.

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July 21, 2013  11:27 AM ET

I'm looking forward to watching him this season.

July 21, 2013  11:33 AM ET

Cannot be too safe. Sit him for about four years.

July 21, 2013  11:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Cannot be too safe. Sit him for about four years.

LOL. So says the Giants fan.

July 21, 2013  11:36 AM ET

isn't Andrews the doctor who couldn't see anything wrong with Griffin when he was lame and limping before he blew out his knee?

July 21, 2013  11:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

isn't Andrews the doctor who couldn't see anything wrong with Griffin when he was lame and limping before he blew out his knee?

Damn good point!!! You beat me to this comment!!! Dr. James Andrews was on the Redskins' sidelines during the Seahawk game and let RGIII continue to play, despite RG limping around on a bad leg. If it were me, I would ask for another Doctor's opinion besides Andrews. Appartently Dr. James Andrews didn't care about RG's welfare during the Seahawk game, so why is he concerned now??

July 21, 2013  11:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I'm looking forward to watching him this season.

I'm looking forward to watching him this season too, but if the Skins don't change their offense and protect RG more, then he will get hurt again. RG has those skinny legs that invite injuries, especially if he runs around a lot.

July 21, 2013  11:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

isn't Andrews the doctor who couldn't see anything wrong with Griffin when he was lame and limping before he blew out his knee?

He's familiar with the case. His judgement will be invaluable.

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July 21, 2013  12:08 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

He's familiar with the case. His judgement will be invaluable.

Could be, but Dr. James Andrew's judgement wasn't very "valuable" on January 7, 2013!!!

July 21, 2013  12:14 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Could be, but Dr. James Andrew's judgement wasn't very "valuable" on *January 7, 2013!!!

Correction: *January 6, 2013.

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July 21, 2013  12:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Could be, but Dr. James Andrew's judgement wasn't very "valuable" on January 7, 2013!!!

but he did make a lot of money performing the reconstruction ....

<I might ask for a second opinion from an unbiased source....>

July 21, 2013  12:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

LOL. So says the Giants fan.

Just looking out for the kids best interests. Call me wussy or just a warm heart, sort of guy.

July 21, 2013  12:24 PM ET
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isn't Andrews the doctor who couldn't see anything wrong with Griffin when he was lame and limping before he blew out his knee?

Maybe Dan Snyder was in that room with him stuffing thousand dollar bills in his pocket that day. You know, another opinion in the room. Consensus building at work.

July 21, 2013  12:25 PM ET

If Monty Python taught us anything, it is that you do not need your limbs to keep on fighting.

July 21, 2013  12:30 PM ET
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I might ask for a second opinion from an unbiased source....>

I agree!!! And make damn sure, that second opinion is not "Mike Shanahan"!!!!

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July 21, 2013  12:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

It wasn't sought by the coach.

It shouldn't make any diffenence if it was sought by the coach or not!!! Dr. James Andrews is the Skins "team" doctor and is on the sides lines for all of the Skins games!! His job is to tell the head coach to pull a player, if that player is hurt. The bottom line is that Andrews didn't do this job and tell Shanahan to pull RGIII, or maybe the doc did tell Shanahan and he ignored the Doctor advice!!!

July 21, 2013  01:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Could be, but Dr. James Andrew's judgement wasn't very "valuable" on January 7, 2013!!!

Guess I should have inserted extra sarcasm quotes. They guy shouldn't be allowed to practice medicine.

 
July 21, 2013  01:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Guess I should have inserted extra sarcasm quotes. They guy shouldn't be allowed to practice medicine.

Well at least Dr. James Andrews should not be employed as the "Redskins team doctor", any more

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