RG3 practicing fully, could play vs. Vikings

Robert Griffin III upgraded his practice regimen Wednesday and could play against the Vikings. He still needs medical clearance and Jay Gruden wants to see how he’s doing from a “mental quarterback standpoint.”

Robert Griffin III’s practice status received an upgrade from “limited” to “full” on Wednesday.

Yet Jay Gruden’s message remained the same: Griffin still needs to show a comfort level in the huddle and a mental command of the offense to get back on the field for the Washington Redskins.

The net effect was the same limbo status as last week. Both Griffin and Colt McCoy are getting first-team snaps in practice, and Griffin has “a chance” of playing for the first time since dislocating his left ankle in Week 2.

“Last week was more of a ‘introducing’ him. This week’s more about getting him more reps with the ones, a little bit more, and seeing how he handles it,” Gruden said. “The doctors will continue to monitor him through each drill, through each movement, see how he’s doing, then I’ll have to decide whether he’s ready from a mental quarterback standpoint.”

Gruden waited until just before kickoff to declare Griffin inactive for Monday night’s game against the Cowboys, even though it appeared certain Colt McCoy would start. A similar last-minute decision could be in the cards leading to Sunday’s game at the Minnesota Vikings.

“From a physical standpoint he looks good,” Gruden said. “Now it’s a matter of mental and getting back into the football part of it. If he looks good in that regard, then there’s a chance he could play. And, if not, if he needs another week, he’ll take another week.”

McCoy, making his first start in three years, led a 20-17 overtime upset of the Cowboys, making it easier for Gruden to keep Griffin on hold for another game. The Redskins (3-5) could get to .500 with wins over the Vikings (3-5) and then the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-6). There’s a bye in between, which would give Griffin extra time to show he’s ready.

Griffin, for his part, is eager to play. He said Monday he had targeted the Dallas game for his return, but that, “We wanted to make sure we were being safe and I’m recovering right on time.”

“He looks OK to me,” left tackle Trent Williams said. “Coach has did a good job trying to hold him at bay, because his health is the most important thing. We’ll try to see if we can keep him at bay until he’s 100 percent.”

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