RGIII to start Monday night contest against Eagles

Monday September 2nd, 2013

Robert Griffin III named the Week 1 starter against the Philadelphia Eagles. (Getty Images) Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was named the Week 1 starter against the Philadelphia Eagles. (Getty Images)

Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan named quarterback Robert Griffin III the Week 1 starter for the team's Monday night contest against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Shanahan made the announcement during his press conference on Monday.

Griffin, the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year last season, had been cleared to play by surgeon Dr. James Andrews after having reconstructive right knee surgery to repair a torn ACL and torn LCL in January. Shanahan said Andrews had "a couple of concerns" about Griffin, but did not reveal the specific nature of any issues.

"I feel very good where Robert's at," Shanahan said. "He'll be our starter Monday night. We believe he can do everything that a quarterback is asked to do."

SI: Inside This Week’s SI 2013 NFL Preview: You Have Options Griffin was held out of the team's preseason slate of games to risk further injury to the knee.

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