Draft Scout Snapshot: Given that the Redskins seemed to have chosen SMU guard Josh LeRibeus way too early in the third round and their other picks were all fourth-rounders on down, their draft was all about quarterbacks. They traded their first-rounders this year, next year and 2014 and their second-rounder this year to St. Louis to move up four spots to select Baylor's Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III second overall. And then they used their third pick, the seventh selection in the fourth round, on Michigan State's three-year starter, Kirk Cousins. The move hearkens back to 1994, the last draft in which the Redskins chose a quarterback in the top 10 when they picked Heath Shuler third overall. He was eventually beaten out by Gus Frerotte, a seventh-rounder in the same draft. BEST PICK: Quarterback Robert Griffin III: The strong-armed, swift Griffin is the perfect new leader for a team that has started 21 quarterbacks over the last 19 seasons and has lacked a face of the franchise for nearly as long. Griffin is expected to be the opening day starter replacing holdover Rex Grossman. - The Sports Xchange
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05/23/13 - QB Robert Griffin III's right knee and his relationship with coach Mike Shanahan, each of which was damaged to an extent during the wild card playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, are coming along well according to player himself.
Griffin, who needed surgery on his LCL and ACL three days after playing much of the Seahawks game on one healthy leg, worked on the field in front of the media for the first time on Thursday and then met with the media en masse for the first time since the injury.
"Me and Mike hashed everything out," Griffin said. "The injury and what happened with the injury clouded the success that we had the whole season. It left a bad taste in the mouth of everybody. I don't have a problem with the way I was used (last year).
"It's proven (that) when you have consistency at the head coach position and the quarterback position, everybody's on the same page, you win a lot more. I don't think there's anything that needs to be repaired. The only thing that needed to be repaired from last year was my knee and that's repaired."
Shanahan, who yielded to Griffin's desire to keep playing against Seattle until the quarterback had to be helped off the field in the fourth quarter, also played down reports of any rift between him and the franchise player for whom he gave St. Louis three first-round draft picks and a second-round selection.
"You talk about things that you could have done differently," Shanahan said. "Robert's the first person to tell you that this year, 'I'm going to be a little bit more conservative than he was a year ago.' If you're not on the field, you're going to hurt our football team. ... We're going to try to protect Robert as much as we can. We're going to let him do the things we think he does best and hopefully it will be as productive."
04/02/13 - President Barack Obama spoke with Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III Saturday about playing safer, according to the Washington Times.
Griffin said that Obama talked to him about "protecting myself" during a conversation the two had at the Verizon Center. They were in attendance for Syracuse's win over Marquette in the NCAA Tournament.
"Good conversation with @BarackObama Wise words, & much appreciated," Griffin wrote via Twitter on Sunday.
Griffin is rehabbing a torn ACL he sustained in a playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Griffin hopes to be healthy enough for the start of the season.
"My knee is getting better every day. The doctors say I'm ahead of schedule," Griffin said in a statement to ESPN last week. "My goal is to return healthy in Week 1 but if I'm not ready then I will wait until I am, however long that is. My first NFL season and my injury that ended it showed me a lot about the league, my team and myself."
03/28/13 - QB Robert Griffin III is progressing in his recovery from knee surgery and hopes to return for the opening game of the season.
However, Griffin cautioned in a statement to ESPN that he won't play until he's healthy.
"My knee is getting better every day. The doctors say I'm ahead of schedule. My goal is to return healthy in Week 1, but if I'm not ready then I will wait until I am, however long that is," he wrote. "My first NFL season and my injury that ended it showed me a lot about the league, my team and myself.
"I know where my responsibility is within the dilemma that led to me having surgery to repair my knee and all parties involved know their responsibilities as well. I'm looking forward to playing the game we all love so much again and not behind at the negative."
01/08/13 - QB Robert Griffin III's two TD passes against the Seahawks made him one of just two Redskins quarterbacks (Todd Collins, 2007 at Seattle) to throw for two scores in a playoff game since Mark Rypien's performance in Super Bowl XVI in January 1992.
01/07/13 - Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will travel to Birmingham, Ala. on Tuesday to meet with Dr. Robert Andrews for additional tests on his injured right knee
Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said Monday that a previous ACL tear clouded results of the initial test.
"He's going to have some more tests and a physical exam," Shanahan said of RG3. "I'm not sure right now the extent of his knee (injury). Anytime you do have a former ACL injury or an LCL and you take a look at his MRI, sometimes it's old injuries. That's why he's going to fly down there and see Dr. Andrews - get some new MRIs, get a physical examination. Right now, everything is totally speculation. When I do know of the extent of the injury, I'll let you know.
"There is a concern. That's why he's going to go see him. Anytime you get an MRI and you have old injuries (to) the LCL, ACL, he wants to give him a physical exam himself and give him a number of tests and evaluate him in person."
Griffin previously tore his ACL at Baylor in 2009.
He sprained the knee during a game against Baltimore on Dec. 9 and missed one game. He returned Dec. 23 and has worn a brace over the game since then.
Griffin reinjured the knee twice during Sunday's NFC wild-card playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He was reinjured in the first quarter, but he remained in the game until he was hurt again with 6:19 remaining.
Griffin's exit came in the wake of a USA Today report that Andrews, who is on retainer with the Redskins, had not cleared Griffin to re-enter the Dec. 9 game when he was initially injured.
"There was no miscommunication with Dr. Andrews," Shanahan said of the Baltimore game. "It doesn't matter. I asked Dr. Andrews if Robert is OK to be in the game and he said yes. I don't ask him... I don't sit down with him and say, 'Hey, did you give him a proper evaluation?' I asked him, 'Is it OK if he goes back in the game?' He says yes or no. He said yes."