Report: Robert Griffin III Set to Start Week 1 Against the Philadelphia Eagles


According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Robert Griffin III will start for the Washington Redskins Week 1. The second-year phenom, who has been sidelined since suffering a torn ACL against the Seattle Seahawks this past January, has been held out this preseason as the Redskins decided to take it easy with their franchise quarterback.

This is great news for the young quarterback and his franchise.

While backup quarterback Kirk Cousins will be ready for Week 1, he did suffer a mid-foot sprain against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The idea of going into the regular season having to rely on a hobbled second-string signal caller wouldn’t have inspired much confidence against the division rival Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football. 

With RGIII firmly in the mix, Washington can now turn its attention to defending the NFC East Title. It had a surprising 2012 season with then rookie RGIII under the helm and is looking to take the next step among the elite franchises in what has to be considered a loaded NFC in 2013. If RGIII is healthy, there is no reason to believe he can’t build off of what was one of the best rookie campaigns for a quarterback in the modern history of the National Football League.


Vincent is the head sports editor at eDraft, co-host of eDraft Sports Radio (which airs every Monday and Wednesday from 3-6 p.m. ET) and a fantasy writer for Pro Football Focus. He’s also the news director here at PFC and co-host of Football Debate Central with Ryan Riddle every Friday. He’s also a former league-wide featured columnist at Bleacher Report.