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Gruden: RGIII ‘very, very, very close’

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The Washington Redskins have won consecutive games for the first time since 2012, and could get quarterback Robert Griffin III back on the field when they kick off the second half of their regular-season schedule at the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

Griffin has not played since dislocating his ankle in Week 2, but head coach Jay Gruden said Tuesday that he thinks “Robert is very, very, very close, and we just have to decide if he’s ready.”

The biggest obstacle in Griffin returning this week could be the fact the Redskins are on a short week following Monday night’s overtime victory at the Dallas Cowboys that lifted Washington to 3-5 on the season and within 2 1/2 games of the Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC East.

The team will conduct a lighter workout on Wednesday before returning to full practice on Thursday and Friday, when Gruden expects to make a decision.

“Physically, I think he’ll be ready to go,” said Gruden. “Doctors are feeling pretty good about it – they still want to see him running around this week until they make their final determination as far as clearing him, but I just want to make sure he feels good in the pocket moving forward with everything.”

If the Redskins hold RGIII out for one more game, he will receive the benefit of an extra week of practice time with Washington entering its bye week after the Vikings game. Their next game is at home on Nov. 16 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Colt McCoy started in place of turnover-prone Kirk Cousins on Monday night, and performed admirably considering his lack of repetitions with the first team since the offseason. However, he admittedly missed or underthrew several throws, and the team is clearly eager to get Griffin back behind center.

“Well, we are not going to rush Robert back no matter what happens,” said Gruden. “You know, we are going to make sure that he is 100 percent, and until we feel like he is 100 percent, Colt will still play. And Colt did a great job obviously leading us to victory against Dallas, but it’s all going to be predicated on when the doctors say he is 100 percent, when Robert feels like he is 100 percent and when I feel like he is ready to take the game time reps.”

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