Mere days after renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews said Washington’s rehabilitating superstar was “way ahead of schedule,” “those close” to Robert Griffin III believe the Redskins are placing “undue pressure” on their field general to “return too quickly” after undergoing reconstructive surgery to repair the ACL and LCL ligaments in his right knee roughly six weeks ago.
The 23-year-old Griffin, rightfully named the Associated Press’ NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year earlier this month, sustained the injury when the Redskins fell to the upstart Seattle Seahawks 24-14 in the NFC Wild Card on January 6 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland.
“It’s been like six weeks; what are we doing this for? He’s not running yet,” said one source. “(Playing in Week 1) is ridiculous to talk about.”
Added another individual friendly with Griffin, “I don’t understand why we’re talking about how close he is to playing or not right now. Let him just get better; there’s a long way to go.”
The 70-year-old Andrews, who practices in Birmingham, Alabama at the Andrews Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, is an extremely respected physician famed for his work with athletes.
Nevertheless, just because Andrews reported RG3 was “way ahead of schedule,” that doesn’t mean Griffin should hurry and compromise his career to start “playing in Week 1.”
Although Kim Kardashian’s wet dream’s a physical freak like Adrian Peterson, Griffin, who completed an impressive 65.6% of his throws for 20 touchdowns, against five interceptions, and 3,200 yards in 15 games, is a normal human being recovering from a severe wound.
Fortunately, in addition to being a tremendous scrambler who ran the 40-yard dash in 4.41 seconds at the NFL Combine in February 2012, Griffin can flourish as a classic pocket passer strictly using his powerful arm.
The former Baylor University Bear, who established the NFL record for a rookie quarterback with a 102.4 rating, signed a four-year, fully guaranteed contract worth $21.1 million with the Redskins on July 18.
Subsequently, although being labeled a “cornball brother” by bush league journalist Rob Parker, Griffin led Washington (10-6) to six consecutive victories and a playoff spot for the first time since the George W. Bush Administration in 2007.
Griffin will eventually heal, own the nation’s capital for the next decade and guide the Redskins to their first championship since the 1991 campaign.
Still, for the sake of football fans, the Washington Redskins, their supporters and, most importantly, Robert Griffin III, “let him just get better; there’s a long way to go.”by