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Doctors could clear Robert Griffin III to start Week 1 as soon as Thursday. (USA Today Images)
ASHBURN, Va. -- Robert Griffin III could be cleared to play in the regular season when he meets with his surgeon Thursday night.
Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Tuesday that Griffin will meet with Dr. James Andrews while the Redskins are in Florida for their final preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
"I know Dr. Andrews will sit down and evaluate Robert and probably just give us his recommendation," Shanahan said.
Even if Andrews gives the thumbs-up, the final decision on whether Griffin plays in the Sept. 9 opener rests with the coach. Shanahan has said that even if Griffin is medically ready, the coach could see something in practice that might give him pause.
Andrews cleared Griffin for practice before the start of training camp but has yet to give the OK for the quarterback to play in games. Andrews examined Griffin again before the Aug. 19 home preseason game and "felt very good" about Griffin's progress, according to Shanahan.
While Griffin has sat out the preseason, he's moved well in practice and told ESPN 980 on Tuesday that he's "not below 100 percent" (see full story).
Cowboys: Ratliff moved to reserve/PUP list
Defensive tackle Jay Ratliff was shifted to the reserve/physcially unable to perform list by Dallas on Tuesday, via ProFootballTalk.
Ratliff will be eligible to come off the PUP list and practice after Week 6. The Cowboys will then decide whether or not he will be able to return to the active roster.
The 31-year-old had missed most of training camp because of a strained hamstring he suffered during his conditioning test in prior to camp.
A four-time Pro Bowler, Ratliff played just six games of an injury-plagued 2012 season. He underwent season-ending groin surgery in December of last year.
Giants: Cruz off crutches
Victor Cruz, according to Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger, via ProFootballTalk, is off his crutches and shooting for a Week 1 return against the Cowboys.
The Giants wide receiver shed the protective boot he had been wearing while he rehabs his bruised heel.
“From my understanding he’s getting better but it’s certainly not tomorrow morning,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said Monday, when asked about Cruz's impending return to practice.