Mike Shanahan dismisses Robert Griffin III concerns

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan reacts during a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 23, 2012
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Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan dismisses speculation that Dr. James Andrews has tactical concerns over how Robert Griffin III will be used in the season opener.

Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has insisted that Robert Griffin III has been given the green light to play by his doctor.

Shanahan confirmed that Griffin would start his side's opening match of the season on Monday, having completed a lengthy recovery from a serious knee injury, although Dr. James Andrews, who performed the surgery, has expressed concerns over the quarterback.

Those concerns reportedly regarded how the Redskins would use Griffin in the match, but Shanahan revealed that Andrews's misgivings were not of a tactical nature and that he was content that the 23-year-old was fit enough to play.

"He said he never said that, and he surely never said that to me. I don't think a doctor would ever say anything like that. I'm not sure a doctor would ever say anything that had to do with football," Shanahan told reporters.

"You'll have to trust us that the doctor feels good about it regardless of what those concerns were. I'm trying to be honest with you.

"[There are] certain conversations that stay between a doctor and a player or a coach and a player, this is one of those conversations."

The Redskins will face the Philadelphia Eagles in their first match of the new season on Monday.

Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins runs the ball against the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at FedExField on January 6, 2013
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