By Tarik El-Bashir
If Robert Griffin III suits up against the Vikings, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said he doesn't intend to call plays any differently than usual in an effort to protect his quarterback.
“If I went into a game thinking I had to call a different game because, if he got hit, he’s going to be hurt, then he shouldn’t be playing,” Shanahan said during his weekly news conference at Redskins Park on Thursday. “If he’s cleared, he’s cleared, he’s okay. That’s my assumption.”
Shanahan also said he doesn’t think Griffin will attempt to rush himself back before he’s ready. The rookie suffered the first concussion of his NFL career in Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Falcons.
“I think Robert is a pretty smart guy,” Shanahan said. “I don’t think he would do so something stupid like that and act like he’s okay just to get back out there. I feel very confident that if Robert is playing on Sunday, he’s good to go, and 100-percent healthy and call a normal game.”
Griffin’s participation level in practice was nearly full. He was limited on Wednesday.
“He’s been great at practice this week,” Shanahan said. “Sounds like he’s going to be alright. Once [he gets cleared], you go into the game assuming he’s healthy.”