ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — There was a major sigh of relief at Redskins Park Wednesday when Washington rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III practiced and showed no effects from a mild concussion.
Barring any unexpected setbacks between now and Sunday, Griffin will start against the visiting Minnesota Vikings.
"It's a serious issue, but I felt fine when I left the locker room" after being injured in Sunday's game against Atlanta, Griffin said. "I went home, watched some TV and kinda just relaxed. I haven't had any symptoms at all. Practice went good. I felt sharp. I felt good. No symptoms of a concussion: no dizziness or (feeling) off-balance. I feel right today. We'll see what happens come Sunday."
Against the Falcons, Griffin was hit by Atlanta linebacker Sean Witherspoon while scrambling on third-and-goal in a 7-7 game, which the Redskins' lost 24-17.
Griffin, who did some cardio work and some throwing on Tuesday and will get evaluated every day before he's cleared for full contact, joked that his only symptom is "irritability" from continually being asked the same questions by the Redskins' medical staff to see how he's doing.
While Griffin, the No. 2 overall pick in April's draft, has been doing well since last Sunday, coach Mike Shanahan limited his participation in Wednesday's practice — even though quarterbacks wear gold jerseys in practice in order to prevent them from sustaining contact.
"So far so good," Shanahan said. "He had a good practice today. I thought he performed well. Each day we'll monitor him and if he feels good, we're gonna go with him."
Minnesota coach Leslie Frazier is preparing his team to face Griffin, but Shanahan said that despite the Heisman Trophy winner's good condition Wednesday, he has to prepare for the eventuality that backup Kirk Cousins might make his first start against the Vikings.
Cousins, who relieved Griffin against Atlanta and threw a touchdown and two interceptions in his pro debut, took more of the practice snaps than the fourth-round pick did last week when he only threw passes as the scout team quarterback preparing Washington's defense to face the Falcons.