The NFL told Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III that his knee brace doesn't need to be covered up unlike what he said they had told him during Monday night's loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

An NFL spokesman called it a miscommunication which is what Griffin said he had been told as well. Griffin covered up his brace during the 33-27 loss leading many to wonder what had happened -- and whether he had it removed. Instead it was just covered -- for the last time it turns out.

"I don't have to cover my knee brace so just move on accordingly" Griffin said.

The second-year passer was more happy about finishing Monday's game with a still-healthy right knee after playing eight months to the day following surgery. He took a number of hits including one by cornerback Cary Williams on a blitz and by linebacker Mychal Kendricks on an intentional grounding.

"I passed the hit test got hit a lot" Griffin said. "I got hit every kind of way too. That's another huge relief for everybody the coaches players myself. ... To get out of that game healthy to move forward to the next week I think that's a big load off everybody's shoulders."

Griffin and the Redskins did not have the hoped-for season opener falling behind 33-7 at one point. Griffin looked like a player who hadn't played a preseason game which he hadn't and like one who had spent the offseason recovering from knee surgery which he had.