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Mike Shanahan On RG3 And The Eagles

Washington Redskins Executive Vice President/Head Coach Mike Shanahan spoke with the media on Friday about Robert Griffin III's status, making the playoffs and the Philadelphia Eagles.

On what status will he assign quarterback Robert Griffin III, linebacker Lorenzo Alexander and linebacker London Fletcher:

Probable.

On if linebacker Lorenzo Alexander attended practice today:

No, he wasnt out there today. He had a funeral to go to.

On if Griffin III was cleared by the doctors:

Well, unless its a setbackHe went through a full practice today. He looked good and that is why we listed him as probable.

On why there has been decline in penalties:

I wish I could tell you. I dont know. But you want to eliminate penalties as much as you can. We still had a couple early that kept a couple of drives early. But we worked on it and hopefully we can continue to do it.

On the status of tackle Tyler Polumbus:

He has to get cleared every day and they look at it very carefully and that is why we have him listed as questionable.

On Griffin III being listed as probable:

Like I said, probable [means] there is a very, very good chance he is going to play. There doesnt look like there are any setbacks with him but if something crazy happens, obviously, we will know before the game but talking to him after practice hes fine.

On when will he find out Griffin IIIs official status for Sundays game:

[I will] probably find out later on today but if I put him as probable, its 98 percent, so its pretty good. I know Im not a doctor but he took all the reps today.

On if he will use history to motivate the team:

What you do is just get ready for Philly. Weve had an excellent week of preparation and our players know how important this game is and you have to focus on the job at hand. I really dont care about history; I just care about our football team and what we do this weekend.

On if he expects a special atmosphere for Head Coach Andy Reid in Philadelphia with this being the Eagles last home game:

You know, I really dont know what is going to happen. I just think the world of Andy and how hes handled himself, how hard hes worked, what he has done for our game. He is just a class act. He went through a difficult year this year with his family. I cant think of anyone that has handled that better than he has and he is just a pros pro and I have a lot of respect for him.

On what status will he assign quarterback Robert Griffin III, linebacker Lorenzo Alexande and linebacker London Fletcher:

Probable.

On if linebacker Lorenzo Alexander attended practice today:

No, he wasnt out there today. He had a funeral to go to.

On if Griffin III was cleared by the doctors:

Well, unless its a setbackHe went through a full practice today. He looked good and that is why we listed him as probable.

On why there has been decline in penalties:

I wish I could tell you. I dont know. But you want to eliminate penalties as much as you can. We still had a couple early that kept a couple of drives early. But we worked on it and hopefully we can continue to do it.

On the status of tackle Tyler Polumbus:

He has to get cleared every day and they look at it very carefully and that is why we have him listed as questionable.

On Griffin III being listed as probable:

Like I said, probable [means] there is a very, very good chance he is going to play. There doesnt look like there are any setbacks with him but if something crazy happens, obviously, we will know before the game but talking to him after practice hes fine.

On when will he find out Griffin IIIs official status for Sundays game:

[I will] probably find out later on today but if I put him as probable, its 98 percent, so its pretty good. I know Im not a doctor but he took all the reps today.

On if he will use history to motivate the team:

What you do is just get ready for Philly. Weve had an excellent week of preparation and our players know how important this game is and you have to focus on the job at hand. I really dont care about history; I just care about our football team and what we do this weekend.

On if he expects a special atmosphere for Head Coach Andy Reid in Philadelphia with this being the Eagles last home game:

You know, I really dont know what is going to happen. I just think the world of Andy and how hes handled himself, how hard hes worked, what he has done for our game. He is just a class act. He went through a difficult year this year with his family. I cant think of anyone that has handled that better than he has and he is just a pros pro and I have a lot of respect for him.

Source: Washington Redskins Media



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