If you were wondering how Robert Griffin III was coming along in his knee rehabilitation, the answer is that it's going pretty well. And to prove it, the Washington Redskins quarterback did some jumping jacks in front of a stadium full of people.
From the Associated Press (via ESPN):
Robert Griffin III did a few jumping jacks, jogged in place and bounced up and down on the stage.
The fans cheered. And chanted his name. And cheered some more.
For many of the thousands gathered at the stadium, nothing the Washington Redskins did during the three days of the NFL draft meant more than the brief appearance by the franchise player on Saturday.
Check it out for yourselves below.
Griffin had the following comments at the event, via Stephen Czarda of Redskins.com:
“You wouldn’t expect anything less from the best fans in the NFL,” Griffin III said with a giant smile. “I’m feeling good, rehab's going great, we’re having a great draft right now, and I’m all in for Week 1, just like you guys are.”
“I’m good. You guys saw me jumping; I can run a little bit [too]. So I’ll be good, no worries,” Griffin III said with a smile on his face. “I’ll take it slow, but at the same time I’ll be ready to go.”
Griffin had surgery to repair his torn ACL and LCL in his right knee in early January, and it was expected his rehabilitation period would take six to eight months. It certainly looks as though he's at least on schedule, if not ahead of schedule, and plans on being ready to start the 2013 season.
After Adrian Peterson recovered freakishly fast from a torn ACL before last season then rushed for over 2,000 yards and won an MVP award, there seems to be a mounting pressure for other athletes to quickly return from injuries.
If you've been following the Derrick Rose saga, you know what I mean.
But RG3 may be that rare breed of athlete that recovers at a super-human rate. I don't doubt that he's tackled his therapy head-on and is doing everything in his power to strengthen his knee.
Obviously, the Redskins are a completely different team without him on the field, even if Kirk Cousins filled in admirably as the backup last year. The biggest concern in Washington will be RG3 rushing to return for the start of the season and re-injuring himself.
Not having him for two or three games at the beginning of the year is much better than losing him for the last 12.
During a draft in which the Redskins didn't have a first-round pick—trading up to draft Griffin last year—and focused mostly on the secondary and running back positions, seeing the franchise quarterback put weight on his knee had to feel good for Redskins fans.
Of course, the next time he's dancing around in front of a stadium full of fans, the Redskins hope it will be in the end zone after scoring a touchdown during the team's first game.