Redskins notes: Griffin does rigorous pregame warmups

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III worked out for about an hour Saturday afternoon under the supervision of quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur and assistant Richmond Flowers.

Griffin planted and threw passes in full uniform, including pads and helmet, a change from last week’s warm-up, which was conducted in street clothes.

ESPN analyst and former quarterback Ron Jaworski said he watched tape of Griffin’s Monday warm-up and thought the quarterback’s mechanics were off.

Coach Mike Shanahan dismissed that thought, adding that he sees Griffin every day in practice.

During Saturday’s workout, Griffin did lots of planting work, and was not hindered by his knee in any way.

After the workout, he met with a representative from the embassy of Japan (Griffin was born on a military base in Okinawa). The two exchanged gifts and posed for photos.

The team has extended invitations to the embassies of all players born overseas.

While Griffin was meeting with the ambassador, offensive lineman Trent Williams jumped into Griffin’s practice area and jokingly took a few snaps as quarterback.

Safety Meriweather sits again

Starting safety Brandon Meriweather did not play Saturday as he continues to recover from a torn ACL last season.

Meriweather hasn’t played in the preseason, and Shanahan left open the possibility that Meriweather could play Thursday in Tampa, a game that is traditionally a backups-only affair.

If he is unable to play in the season opener, the Redskins would find themselves down two players at the position as backup Phillip Thomas is out for the season.

That would leave the last line of pass protection in the hands of rookie Bacarri Rambo and veteran Reed Doughty.

Also out on Saturday were running back Evan Royster (ankle), linebacker Roddrick Muckelroy (shoulder), nose tackle Barry Cofield (hand) and offensive lineman M aurice Hurt (conditioning).

Wilson back in action

Cornerback Josh Wilson played in his first game since offseason shoulder surgery.

“It was my first time at full contact since January, so it felt good to be back on the field,” he said.

His return began with a 34-yard pass interference penalty on the first play of the game, as the Bills targeted the cornerback in his return.

Wilson’s recovery will be particularly important in light of the season-ending injury to Richard Crawford.

Linebacker Brian Orakpo (thigh) also returned to action after sitting out Monday’s game against Pittsburgh.

Michael Phillips