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Jay Gruden on Robert Griffin III: 'Very close'

Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden already said quarterback Robert Griffin III will return as the starter when healthy. And that leaves the Redskins in another week of Griffin possibly -- or possibly not -- playing.

It’ll depend on the same factors as a week ago: What the doctors say, how Griffin himself feels and what Gruden thinks of his play in practice.

But Gruden did say, “Robert is very, very, very close.”

The fact that Colt McCoy helped the Redskins to a 20-17 overtime win at Dallas does not alter the timetable for Griffin, Gruden said.

“We’re not going to rush Robert back,” Gruden said. “No matter what happens we’ll make sure he’s 100 percent and until he’s feeling 100 percent, Colt will play.”

Griffin has not played since Week 2 because of a dislocated left ankle.

“Physically I think he’ll be ready to go,” Gruden said. “The doctors are feeling good about it and want to see him run around this week. I want to make sure he feels good in the pocket moving forward with everything.”

The next question is who is the No. 2 quarterback when Griffin returns? Kirk Cousins was that guy the past two seasons and when this year began. But his turnovers forced Gruden to start McCoy. But Gruden would not commit to either one at this point.

“We’d love to dress three. They’re all worthy of playing,” Gruden said. “Kirk did some great things and his career is still going to be very good in the NFL. It’s just what Colt has shown. You see what he does. He’s done that every day in practice. He’s a viable option also.”