The Sports Xchange

By David Elfin, The Sports Xchange

Redskins GM: Griffin III rushed back from injury ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins general manager Bruce Allen recently told ESPN 950 that quarterback Robert Griffin III was rushed back from a knee injury last season.

After throwing 20 touchdown passes and just five interceptions in 15 games as a rookie, Griffin III threw 16 touchdowns and 12 picks in 13 games last season.

"What you saw last year was almost a little disrespectful to the game of football," Allen said. "It's impossible to ask a player to perform well during the regular season if you haven't practiced. Last year at this time, he was still rehabbing his knee, and he wasn't allowed to practice or work in team drills.

"We put him on the spot by trying to do that. And this year he's had a full offseason, his knee is 100 percent, knock on wood, and he's had all (the practices), and that's how you get ready to play a football season."

After winning the NFC East in 2012, Griffin had major knee surgery and the team struggled to 3-13 in 2013. Coach Mike Shanahan was fired at the end of the season and replaced by Jay Gruden.

Griffin said last week that he was appreciative of having coaches who support him, including Gruden and offensive coordinator Sean McVay, a holdover from Shanahan's staff who moved from tight ends coach to offensive coordinator, replacing Kyle Shanahan.

"There's just a difference in coming back from a knee injury and rehabbing as opposed to being able to work on your craft throughout the whole offseason," he said."It's beneficial to be out there at practice, it's beneficial to be able to not have to worry about an injury. ... I'm ready to go."

One of Griffin's targets, wide receiver Pierre Garcon, left practice Monday with a hamstring injury, but it is not considered serious.

"He left practice early. He had a couple catches and then just had a little soreness in his hamstring. He'll be OK," Gruden said.

NOTES: CB Courtney Bridget (shoulder) is scheduled for an MRI, coach Jay Gruden said. ... OLB Everette Brown signed to give the team "another pass rusher," Gruden said. Brown played defensive end at Florida State and is a former Carolina Panthers' second-round pick. ... With an off day scheduled Tuesday, the Redskins were in full pads Monday. Gruden said maximizing the full-contact sessions is essential to evaluating young players. "When it's live tackling, you get a good feel for some of these young guys and that's what it's all about." ... Rookie LT Morgan Moses again practiced at left tackle, but the plan remains for him to slide to the right side. "I like the way he's developing. I really do," Gruden said. "He's big and long and he's doing a good job. He's starting to understand angles and getting out on the running game and protecting the quarterback. ... He's got a long way to go, but he's getting there."

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