Robert Griffin III cleared for practice before camp starts

Robert Griffin III continues to recover from a major knee injury suffered in January. Photo: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (WJLA) -- Robert Griffin III is closer than ever to being back.

In a tweet he sent Monday morning, Griffin said he had been cleared to practice and that Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan would ease him back into action.

Griffin's revelation came just hours after it was reported that he would likely spend the first part of training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to 106.7 The Fan and's Ian Rapoport previously reported that Griffin would likely spend the first two weeks of training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list. Comcast Sportsnet's Tarik El-Bashir, though, says that won't happen.

Being placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list during the preseason would have had has less of an impact than during the regular season because a player can come off it at any time during camp.

If a player begins the regular season on the PUP list, though, he must sit out his team's first six games.

Griffin's recovery from a severe knee injury that he suffered in Washington's playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks has been extremely speedy, by most accounts. Many think he'll be ready for the Redskins' season opener in September.

Team officials, though, have repeatedly said that they wont rush the 2012 NFL Rookie of the Year back to the field until he's ready.

The Redskins open camp on July 25 in Richmond with a walkthrough and a practice.