RG3 cleared to play in Redskins' opener

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Updated: 8/29/2013 10:14 pm

Tampa, FL (Sports Network) - Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has been cleared to play in the team's season opener on Sept. 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan announced after Thursday's preseason game that Griffin officially was cleared by Dr. James Andrews after an examination.

Griffin, of course, underwent surgery in January to repair both the lateral collateral and anterior cruciate ligaments in his right knee. He suffered the LCL injury in a Week 14 win over Baltimore and missed one game, then was hurt again during Washington's wild card playoff loss to Seattle.

The former Heisman Trophy winner and second overall pick of the 2012 draft was named the NFL's top offensive rookie last year when he led the Redskins to the NFC East title. He completed 65.6 percent of his passes for 3,200 yards with 20 touchdowns and five interceptions in 15 games while also rushing for 815 yards and seven scores.

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