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Updated: October 10th, 2012 11:19am
Vikings preparing for Robert Griffin III, who practices with Redskins

Vikings preparing for Robert Griffin III, who practices with Redskins

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- It appears the Minnesota Vikings won't get to miss Robert Griffin III after all.

Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said in a conference call with Twin Cities reporters that Griffin, the rookie quarterback, was cleared to practice on Wednesday -- three days after leaving a loss to Atlanta with what the team termed a mild concussion.

Shanahan cautioned that Griffin remains under evaluation and the Redskins won't know his status for certain until Friday. But his speedy return to the field is a strong indication Griffin will be ready for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

"Every day's an evaluation period. You don't know," Shanahan said. "After each practie, he'll go through the test and doctors will see how he does, see if there's any dizziness or make sure that he passes the test.

"If he does, then he goes to the next thing, and if he does that, he goes to the next thing. It's an ongoing process. So, we won't know until after Friday's practice exactly where he's at."

Drafted No. 2 overall in April, Griffin has completed 96 of 139 passes (69.1%) for 1,161 yards, four touchdowns, one interception and a 101.0 passer rating in five games. He also has run 42 times for 241 yards (5.7 average) and four scores in the Redskins' option attack.

Fellow rookie Kirk Cousins relieved Griffin against the Falcons and completed 5 of 9 passes for 111 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in the 24-17 defeat. Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said he already has told his defense they're preparing for Griffin, though.

"It's a different dynamic," Frazier said. "They introduce option, and we haven't had to prepare for option football at all this season, and all of a sudden, we're watching tape Monday and Tuesday of a quarterback that presents not only the threat throwing the football, but getting on the perimeter of your defense and being able to pitch the ball or keep it for big plays.

"I think he has over 200 yards rushing already, (40)-some attempts. It creates some other issues we haven't faced over the course of this season, and it forces you, as a defense, to be very disciplined about what you're doing, and you have to tackle well."

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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