The Washington Redskins are looking to win their first NFC East title in seven years, and the health of their starting quarterback might be the determining factor in how they finish.
Fortunately for the club, it looks like Robert Griffin III’s health won’t be an issue this week. The quarterback is on track to start this Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles.
The rookie missed Washington’s Week 15 matchup against the Cleveland Browns with a knee injury. Backup Kirk Cousins led the Redskins to the victory.
According to head coach Mike Shanahan, unless something unforeseen occurs, Griffin will be back in the lineup for Week 16.
“If there’s no setbacks, he should be ready to go,” said Shanahan. Griffin stated last week that he could have played, but wasn’t cleared by the team’s medical staff. He practiced fully on Wednesday and Thursday, and looks to be healed from his knee sprain.
With just two games remaining on the schedule, the Redskins control their own playoff destiny. They are tied with the Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants at 8-6, but currently hold the tiebreaker to put them in first place. If Washington beats the Eagles on Sunday, a win over the Cowboys in Week 17 would secure them the division title.