Redskins Coach Jay Gruden said Friday that Robert Griffin III has handled his demotion like a professional. Gruden would not, however, say whether Griffin will be active for Sunday’s season opener against Miami.
Griffin, who was cleared for contact by an independent neurologist on Thursday evening, will be listed as probable for the Dolphins game, Gruden said. He’ll either be Kirk Cousins’ backup or the third stringer, who is generally out of uniform.
“I’m probably the only coach in the league that gets questions on their 46-man roster on [Friday],” Gruden said. "We have until Sunday [at 11:30 a.m.] to turn in our 46-man roster, and we’re going to do that with everybody.”
Asked if Griffin could, in theory, be the No. 2 against Miami, Gruden said it's feasible.
“He’s been practicing," Gruden said. "He’s been cleared for non-contact drills, so he’s been out here doing everything—individual drills, some team stuff here and there. He just couldn’t do any live contact, which we never do in practice anyways. So there really is nothing he hasn’t been doing.”
Which includes staying after practice for additional work. For more than an hour after every other player had headed into the facility on Friday, in fact, Griffin remained on the field at Redskins Park, throwing passes to a member of the team’s equipment staff.
“He’s responded well,” Gruden said. “Obviously, I’m sure he is frustrated a little bit, but we haven’t been able to see it. He’s in meetings. He’s still asking questions and doing everything he’s asked to do out there in individual [drills]. When he’s out there in team work, he’s throwing the ball good. I haven’t seen an issue yet.”
Gruden then cracked: “But I haven’t read all the Twitter reports, but he has been fine here.”
Griffin, who hasn’t spoken to reporters since Aug. 27th, was not made available to the media on Friday.