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Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan Won't Let Robert Griffin III Back Until He's 100 Percent
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan indicated Wednesday he's going to be more cautious with his franchise quarterback from now on, to the point that he's going to make sure that Robert Griffin ''never plays if he's not 100 percent.''
Shanahan has been criticized for not removing Griffin from the playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks earlier, especially when Griffin was limping noticeably after a throwing a touchdown pass in the first quarter.
Asked for his latest take on the fallout after the injury, Shanahan said Wednesday he learns about his players as time goes along and that if ''it's your gut to take somebody out, sometimes it changes from year to year. I know mine does with different players.''
''And so every situation is different,'' the coach said. ''And sometimes you make the right call, other times you don't, but at the end of the day you're always hoping that you learn from your mistakes, whatever they are. So at the end of this year, (as) we go into next year, one thing we're going to make sure of is that Robert never plays if he's not 100 percent.''
Shanahan has also hyped Griffin's recovery, telling the NFL Network earlier this month that Griffin will ''set a record for coming back because that's how hard he works.''
The coach was much more cautious Wednesday.
''I don't want to see anything too quick,'' Shanahan said. ''We're dealing with an ACL. That takes time. Mother Nature's going to take its course. ... He does everything we ask him to do, and then some, to get ready, but there's a time frame, there's Mother Nature that's involved, and that ligament takes time to heal.''
Source: Yahoo! Sports
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