During a 7-on-7 drill in shorts at Washington Redskins training camp, Robert Griffin III rolled left and couldn’t find an open receiver. He started to scramble, saw a lane and ran for 15 yards.
Then he hit the turf, with typical RG3 flair. He performed a half-speed slide and rolled over to protect the ball.
The crowd went wild. It was the loudest cheer in camp.
“I just thought everybody would love it if I just slid in practice for once,” Griffin said. “And I went ahead and did that. I find it easier to slide in football pants than shorts. It was a little harder, but I slid and everybody liked it.”
Griffin has been kept out of the main 11-on-11 drills during the first few days of camp in the homestretch of his recovery from reconstructive right knee surgery. Protecting the knee is more important that perfecting the fade route, even if the quarterback is chomping at the bit to accelerate the process.
“It’s not easy to sit around and watch,” Griffin said. “I call it ‘Operation Patience.’ ”
Griffin said he has “no pain” and “no swelling” in his right knee. He says he can plant on the leg the way he did before he first injured it last season. He said he’s always forgetting to put on his brace.
Titans, top pick seal deal
The Tennessee Titans agreed to terms with offensive guard Chance Warmack, who had been the last remaining unsigned first-round draft pick. The Tennessean reported the former Alabama All-American agreed to a four-year contract that features a fifth-year team option and has a total value of $12.17 million with a $7.2 million signing bonus.
On the mend
Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Blaine Gabbert is nicked up again. Gabbert sprained his right ankle during training camp practice and left the field on a cart. … Starting guard Daryn Colledge and injury-plagued running back Ryan Williams were among four Arizona players who missed the Cardinals’ practice with injuries. Linebacker Jasper Brinkley was sidelined with a sore knee and wide receiver LaRon Byrd sustained a concussion in the team’s first practice in pads on Sunday. … Denver Broncos defensive tackle Sylvester Williams hobbled off the field after hurting his left knee midway through practice.