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. As far as Griffin’s statements about neither liking nor fully understanding Shanahan’s practice plan, the coach reiterated that 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. ‘‘That’s a good problem to have as a head coach. But my job is to make sure we do the best thing for Robert . . . Not to necessarily do what he likes, but to do what’s the best thing for him and this organization.
‘‘My job is to get him ready for the first game.’’
Griffin is so eager to play he suited up in full pads for last week’s preseason opener even though he knew he wouldn’t take the field.
‘‘Let’s get that straight: I want to play in the preseason,’’ Griffin said. ‘‘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.’ ’’
The public song-and-dance will continue until Griffin plays, and maybe beyond. Griffin even took to Twitter to clarify his stance.
‘‘There is no friction,’’ he tweeted. ‘‘There is an understanding between coach and player. That is all. Don’t have to like everything.’’
Jets running back Joe McKnight appeared to be OK after he was carted to the locker room, wearing an oxygen mask, after dropping to the field during a drill Monday. McKnight, who has a history of migraines, has been recovering from a head injury and dealing with dehydration during training camp. About an hour after being escorted to the locker room, he walked to the field to watch the end of practice in a T-shirt and shorts while wearing dark sunglasses. McKnight was not available to the media.
Floyd set for MRI
Chargers receiver Malcom Floyd was carted off the field with an apparent right knee injury, six days after the other starting wideout, Danario Alexander, was lost for the season with a torn ACL in his right knee. Floyd is scheduled to have an MRI and a source told ESPN the team fears Floyd also tore his ACL . . . Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles strained his right foot and coach Andy Reid would not speculate how long he’d be out. ‘‘We’ll just see how he does. Precautionary measures,’’ Reid said . . . Giants leading tackler Antrel Rolle was carted off after hurting his right ankle. The nine-year safety will have an MRI, coach Tom Coughlin said . . . Colts linebacker Justin Hickman will likely miss the rest of the season with a foot injury suffered in Sunday’s 44-20 preseason loss to Buffalo . . . Bills QB Kevin Kolb returned to practice for the first time since twisting his left knee eight days ago and said he’s ready to compete with rookie EJ Manuel for the starting job . . . As expected, Steelers wide receiver Plaxico Burress had season-ending surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right shoulder.