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The Redskins coaching staff fell that Robert Griffin III is healthy enough to be used in the teams running game.
Washington Redskins starting quarterback Robert Griffin III has been deemed healthy enough to be able to be used as an option in the running game in the team's crucial Week 17 game against the Dallas Cowboys. Griffin missed one game due to a right knee sprain, then returned last week against the Philadelphia Eagles. In Griffin's return to the lineup, he was limited to just two rushes for four yards.
Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said it was by design that Griffin only ran the ball a few times:
"We held him back some" against the Eagles, Shanahan said. "But it was more the game plan, from a schematic standpoint. We ran him here and there, not as much... but he got a couple opportunities. I think he gets healthier each week. It's only natural to get better. We'll see what happens this week."
Shanahan also mentioned that he is not concerned that Griffin's knee injury will impact his running ability against the Cowboys. Washington will need all the offensive weapons against Dallas on Sunday night, and if Griffin's knee is truly healthy he will be just another option in the running game.
When Griffin played against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving he rushed the ball seven times for 29 yards and was sacked twice.