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Robert Griffin III reportedly fined $10K for 'Operation Patience' shirt

This fine represents Robert Griffin III's second clothing-related penalty. This fine represents Robert Griffin III's second clothing-related penalty. (Icon SMI)

The NFL is always watching. Robert Griffin III again learned that lesson the hard way, as he reportedly was hit with a $10,000 fine for sporting an "Operation Patience" shirt while working out on the field prior to Washington's Monday night preseason game with Pittsburgh.

According to the Washington Post, Griffin was hit with the punishment for "wearing unauthorized apparel" -- the NFL prohibits its players from donning any non-league-approved gear once they hit the field on gamedays.

Griffin also took a $10,000 hit last season, when he wore Adidas clothing to a postgame press conference. The NFL's official equipment sponsor is Nike.

 "Operation Patience" is a not-at-all veiled reference to Griffin's return from the knee injury he suffered last playoffs. Griffin just recently began participating in full 11-on-11 drills with the Redskins at training camp, but he has yet to receive clearance for preseason game action. The latter has become a bit of a point of contention between Griffin and head coach Mike Shanahan, as Griffin has lobbied to see the field. Shanahan has stated that there is "no possibility" Griffin will play before Week 1 of the regular season.

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