RICHMOND, Va. — The opposing wills of a headstrong coach and an equally headstrong franchise player faced off again Monday, with Redskins coach Mike Shanahan rebuffing Robert Griffin III's latest lobbying effort to play in the preseason.
Shanahan also said he has no private deal with Griffin about playing in Week 1 of the regular season, as implied by the quarterback, who is coming off of major right knee surgery. As far as Griffin's statements about neither liking nor fully understanding Shanahan's practice plan for the QB, the coach reiterated it's not his job to do everything to Griffin's liking.
"First of all, I love it when somebody wants to play, I love it when somebody wants to be out there," Shanahan said. "…(My job is) not to necessarily to do what he likes, but to do what's the best thing for him and this organization."
The coach said of Griffin playing in the preseason: "No, no possibility."
Shanahan spoke about six hours after Griffin, who is so eager to play that he suited up in full pads for last week's preseason opener though he knew he wouldn't take the field.
"I can't B.S. that answer. No. I don't like it," Griffin said when asked about his rehabilitation timetable. Griffin said he understands "some part" of Shanahan's plan, but added, "I don't understand all of it."
"Let's get that straight: I want to play in the preseason," Griffin added. "Coaches are saying if things go great these next couple of days and next week, then maybe. But it's a hard 'no' right now. It's my job to make that a soft 'no' and possibly a 'yes.'"
Shanahan later made it clear: It's still a hard "no."
BILLS: Calling himself "hard-headed," quarterback Kevin Kolb returned to practice for the first time in eight days despite continued soreness in his left knee. "They said, 'We're going to ease you in.' And I said, 'No you're not. I want you to put me in,'" said Kolb, who is fighting rookie and former Florida State star EJ Manuel for the starting job.
BRONCOS: Britton Colquitt's new contract makes him the league's highest-paid punter — beating his brother. Colquitt will average $3.9 million over three seasons including a $3 million signing bonus; Dustin Colquitt of the Chiefs is getting an average of $3.75 million over five years.
BROWNS: Running back Montario Hardesty injured his right thumb in his first practice since July 31. He had had a hamstring injury.
CHARGERS: Wide receiver Malcom Floyd was carted off with an apparent right knee injury toward the end of practice.
CHIEFS: Running back Jamaal Charles left practice favoring a strained right foot, but X-rays showed no major damage.
COWBOYS: The team was near a deal for a publicly financed practice facility in Frisco, about 30 miles north of Dallas. The Frisco City Council approved a $115 million agreement to build a complex, which would include an indoor stadium to be used by Frisco's high school teams. The city's school district is contributing $30 million. … Offensive lineman Darrion Weems missed practice after dropping 325 pounds on his chest while lifting weights. Coach Jason Garrett said the injury wasn't serious.
GIANTS: The team's leading tackler, safety and former Miami star Antrel Rolle, was carted off after hurting his right ankle.
JETS: Joe McKnight appeared to be okay after he was carted off wearing an oxygen mask, after dropping to the field during a drill. The running back has a history of migraines.
PACKERS: Running back DuJuan Harris practiced after missing nearly all the offseason and the first 21/2 weeks of training camp because of a knee injury.
PANTHERS: Backup offensive tackle Bruce Campbell needs surgery on a torn left rotator cuff.
Trade: The Eagles acquired receiver Jeff Maehl, who played for coach Chip Kelly at Oregon, from Houston for offensive lineman Nate Menkin.