Redskins Coach Jay Gruden still isn’t saying whether Robert Griffin III has (or hasn’t) been cleared for contact.
“We still have not heard anything back,” Gruden said after Thursday’s practice. “No written confirmation on Robert yet, so there’s nothing to announce.”
About 24 hours earlier, Gruden indicated that he had, in fact, received a verbal report from the NFL’s independent neurologist regarding Griffin’s latest test results but that he planned to wait until the doctor’s recommendation was put into writing before making an announcement to the media.
Griffin was scheduled to see the neurologist on Tuesday.
So what’s the delay?
“No idea,” Gruden said. "I wish I knew.”
Griffin suffered a concussion against the Lions on Aug. 20, and his status has been in limbo ever since.
A week after the Detroit game, a neurologist cleared Griffin to play in the third preseason game against the Ravens. The night before the game, however, the doctor reversed course and deemed Griffin unfit to suit up. Kirk Cousins started in Griffin's place, and a couple of days later he was named the Redskins’ starting quarterback for Week 1 and beyond.
Since suffering the concussion, Griffin has continued to practice with the team. But he has not spoken to reporters since Aug. 27, when he said he was not sure if he had sustained a concussion or what play the injury occurred on.
Yeah, the situation has been a little strange for a while now.
As for whether Griffin will be the No. 2 or No. 3 quarterback when the Redskins open the season against the Dolphins, Gruden isn’t ready to divulge that yet, either.
“[Colt McCoy] is right now, obviously,” Gruden said. “But we don’t have to announce the backups, the 46-man roster until Sunday afternoon at 12 o’clock. So we’ll just wait and see.”