Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, who has been sidelined by a concussion since Aug. 20, is scheduled to see an independent neurologist “one more time early this week”, Coach Jay Gruden confirmed Sunday.
“Hopefully he’ll get cleared,” Gruden said. “But we’ll wait and see.”
Gruden, speaking publicly for the first time since Saturday’s final roster cutdown, also defended the team’s decision to keep Griffin, who lost his starting job last month.
“We kept him because he was one of our top 53 guys,” he said. “We like to have three quarterbacks in the building, no question, that are capable.”
Asked if there’s any concern within Redskins Park that Griffin’s presence on the roster might create a distraction in the locker room or for newly anointed starter Kirk Cousins, Gruden said there’s “none.”
“The only distractions, like I said, are made out here,” Gruden said, presumably referring to the media. “We don’t feel like he’s a distraction at all. We feel like he’s a quarterback that’s young and talented and done some great things. You can never have too many quarterbacks in your building. It’s very important. We learned that the hard way last year. You never want to use three, but this is a violent game and quarterbacks are at risk back there. So it’s important to have three good quarterbacks. When you have three, you want to hold onto them.”
One question that remains unanswered, though, is the order in which the three quarterbacks—Cousins, Griffin and Colt McCoy—will appear on the depth chart.
Gruden indicated that he plans to wait until a decision has been made on Griffin’s medical status before determining which quarterback will back up Cousins against the Dolphins on Sunday.
As for the trade speculation that has surrounded Griffin in recent days, Gruden said he had not heard about other teams having interest in Griffin or the possibility of the Redskins dealing the fourth-year quarterback.
“I haven’t heard anything of that sort,” Gruden said. “All I know is we made decisions on our 53-man roster. He’s one of our 53. That’s all we’re going by now.”