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                === Shanahan confirms RG3 will start Week 1 ===
 
 Ashburn,  VA  (Sports Network) -  Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan
 officially  announced  that Robert Griffin  III will  be under center when the
 defending  NFC East  champions open their 2013 season against the Philadelphia
 Eagles on Monday.
 
 Griffin,  the 2012  NFL  Offensive Rookie  of  the Year,  sat  out the  entire
 preseason  while recovering from surgery in January to repair both the lateral
 collateral  and  anterior cruciate  ligaments in his  right knee. The standout
 quarterback sustained the LCL injury in a win over Baltimore in December, then
 tore the ACL in Washington's loss to Seattle in the NFC Wild Card Playoffs.
 
 The  former Heisman  Trophy winner was cleared to play by renowned surgeon Dr.
 James Andrews last week, and Shanahan confirmed the expected during his Monday
 press conference.
 
 "I  feel very good where Robert's at, and he'll be our starter on Monday night
 unless there's some crazy setback that we don't anticipate," said Shanahan.
 
 Shanahan  also reiterated that Griffin, who also tore his ACL in the same knee
 during  his  sophomore  season at  Baylor  in  2009,  will  not be  under  any
 restrictions.
 
 "If  we didn't feel like Robert was full-go and he wasn't ready to play and do
 all  the things that you ask a guy to do, then he would not be playing in this
 game," he stated. "We believe he can do everything that a quarterback is asked
 to  do and  if that's  sprinting  out, if  it's  running the  option, if  it's
 dropping  back, we think  he can do all those things because he's proved it to
 us in practice, and there hasn't been a setback so that's been a great sign."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 09/03 07:33:49 ET

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