Robert Griffin The 3rd, last seasons rookie of the year was able to drop back, set his feet and throw passes. It appears that Griffin does not have any trouble moving around and passing, he just hasn’t done any full-speed running. But it is said if you were to see how he performed during OTA’s, you wouldn’t have known he suffered a major knee injury back in January.
“If it was just an ACL, it would probably be six months. But it’s a revision and a meniscus and an LCL repair, so I would think that they are going to add some time to that. Does that take him to the seventh or eighth month timeframe? Probably. And that’s presuming his knee looks really good.” - Dr. Ben Shaffer
There is a huge different between non-contact drills and playing in an actual game and it appears that Griffin is working with other players who are rehabbing their own injuries. This is a good sign for Washington Redskins fans and RG3 himself, after having a few recovery time tables being tossed around. It is still up in the air, if the 2012 Rookie of the Year will be ready by the time they open up their regular season against the Philadelphia Eagles on September 9th.
“If somebody might get injured, it’s your gut to take somebody out. Sometimes it changes from year to year. I know mine does with different players. Every situation is different. Sometimes you make the right call. Other times you don’t. At the end of the day, you’re always hoping you learn from your mistakes, whatever they are. At the end of this year, we go into next year, one thing we will make sure of is that Robert (RG3) never plays if he’s not 100%.” - Head Coach Mike Shanahan
If Griffin were to get medical clearance seven months after his knee surgery, it could possibly put him on the practice field and able to fully participate on August 8th, the day the Washington Redskins open up their pre-season against the Tennessee Titans. I’m pretty sure this young newlywed is excited to be back on the field, in hopes of making it in time for the regular season to begin. Quarterbacks who are mobile like RG3, tend to take bigger risks of injuring themselves whenever they turn into a ball carrier and take off down field.
The way that RG3 plays his game may change as soon as he is 100% recovered and is back on the field with his team ready for full contact. Designed quarterback keep plays may be cut down, as any hit RG3 takes, may cause the coaching and medical staff, along with his fans and teammates, holding their breath. Good to see this kid back on the field, one step closer to full recovery.