Robert Griffin III Injury: Updates on Redskins QB's Recovery from Knee Surgery

Matt Fitzgerald@@MattFitz_geraldCorrespondent IIIMay 23, 2013

Throughout the offseason, there were plenty of encouraging signs for Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III as he recovered from offseason knee surgery to repair a torn ACL and LCL. His return to the field will be completed when he takes center stage against the Philadelphia Eagles as the Redskins' starting quarterback to open the season.

UPDATE: Friday, Aug. 30, at 2:50 p.m. ET

From the Washington Times' Brian McNally:

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UPDATE: Friday, Aug. 30, at 12:30 p.m. ET

From ESPN's Adam Schefter:

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UPDATE: Friday, Aug. 30, at 8:04 a.m. ET

Rich Tandler of CSNWashington provides details on what coach Mike Shanahan said regarding his QB:

"I did talk to Dr. Andrews,” said Mike Shanahan following the Redskins’ preseason game in Tampa. “He did talk to Robert and after talking to him. He did clear Robert to play."

But Shanahan did not confirm that Griffin would start against the Eagles on Sept. 9. He noted that Andrews had “a couple of concerns” and he said that he would talk to Griffin over the weekend and that he would “let you know on Monday where we’re at.”

Shanahan would not specify what Andrews’ “concerns” were, only saying that he would discuss them with Griffin before making a final decision on naming him the starter.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Aug. 29, at 11:15 p.m. ET

From Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan:

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UPDATE: Thursday, Aug. 29, at 10:38 p.m. ET

Robert Griffin III tweeted about his recovery:

From Mike Jones of The Washington Post:

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UPDATE:  Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 12:52 p.m. ET

From Albert Breer of

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 Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 9 a.m. ET

From ESPN's Adam Schefter:

Ian Rapoport of followed:

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 11:35 a.m. ET

John Kelm of has an update from Robert Griffin III, who updated fans on his condition during a local radio interview:

"I would say I'm 100 percent, but you can't put a number on it," he told 980's Kevin Sheehan, "no one ever knows when they are 100 percent or what percentage they're playing at. The biggest thing is, I'm not below 100 percent."

He also said he remains just as fast after tearing multiple ligaments in his right knee late last season.

"If I had to run a 40 today at the combine in my underwear I feel like I could run a 4.3 something," said Griffin, speaking in advance of the documentary airing on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday detailing his rehabilitation.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 3:33 p.m. ET

From's Jeff Darlington:

From Washington Post reporter Mike Jones:

From the Redskins:

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UPDATE: Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 7:15 a.m. ET

Mike Shanahan spoke to the media following the Redskins' preseason game to shed light on his discussion with Dr. James Andrews regarding Robert Griffin III's return to the field, courtesy of's Brian Tinsman:

'I did talk with Dr. [James] Andrews before the game; he feels great about Robert’s [Griffin III]’s progress,' Shanahan told the media. 'He really feels the same way as he did before camp with practice – he feels good about him practicing. He doesn’t feel like we should put him in any games...'

'... If Dr. Andrews felt that his knee wasn’t ready, we surely wouldn’t play him,' Shanahan said. 'I don’t know what the communication was. I hate to make a comment on hearsay. I’m not exactly sure what was said, but we surely wouldn’t play him if he didn’t feel that it was in the best interest of Robert and this organization to play him.'

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UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 19, at 11:32 p.m. ET

Grant Paulsen of 106.7 The Fan in Washington provides the latest information regarding RG3's return:  

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UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 19, at 3:24 p.m. ET

From Adam Schefter of ESPN:

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UPDATE: Sunday, Aug. 18, at 3:31 p.m. ET

ESPN sat down with Robert Griffin III for this week's Sunday Conversation.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Aug. 15, at 8:45 a.m. ET

The Washington Post's Mike Jones has the latest from Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan on Robert Griffin III:

Robert Griffin III made his long-awaited debut in 11-on-11 action at the Washington Redskins’ training camp practice Wednesday and left his coaches and teammates encouraged by his continued progression toward full strength...

... 'It’s nice to get him into a team atmosphere, and I thought he did a good job working against our scout-team defense for the first time this season,' said [Mike] Shanahan, who has kept Griffin on a short leash since training camp began. 'It’s nice to set up defenses that you’re going to face in the upcoming game, but it was a good first day.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 3:47 p.m. ET's Tarik El-Bashir has the latest on RG3's status:

After weeks of anticipation, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III took the next big step in his recovery when he participated in 11-on-11 drills for the first time on Wednesday.

In Griffin's first 13 snaps, he completed five of his eight pass attempts while facing the scout team. 

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UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 12, at 5:35 p.m. ET

Mike Jones of the The Washington Post has the latest:

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UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 12, at 2:35 p.m. ET

Robert Griffin III took to Twitter following practice to provide an update on his relationship with head coach Mike Shanahan:

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UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 12, at 1:15 p.m. ET

NFL Around The League has the latest on Robert Griffin III from Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan, courtesy of NFL's Albert Breer:

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UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 12, at 11:45 a.m. ET

The Washington Post's Mike Jones has the latest from Robert Griffin III following today's practice:

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UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 12, at 9:40 a.m. ET

The Washington Post's Mark Maske and Mike Jones have the latest on Robert Griffin III:

The practice activities of quarterback Robert Griffin III are expected to be intensified in the coming days at the Washington Redskins’ training camp, according to two people with knowledge of the team’s planning.

One person familiar with the situation said it is expected that Griffin’s first drills against an 11-man defense will take place on Tuesday. It wasn’t clear how significant his workload would be, however.

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UPDATE: Friday, Aug. 9, at 12:30 a.m. ET by Ian Hanford

From 106.7 The Fan's Grant Paulsen:

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UPDATE: Monday, Aug. 5, at 12:10 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

From's Marc Sessler:

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III met with reporters Monday and painted a rosy picture of his surgically repaired right knee.

"I feel good now, I felt good a couple weeks ago, but I definitely felt better today," Griffin said. "... I'm in rhythm out there throwing the ball..."

"... I'm ready to move on from 7-on-7s," Griffin acknowledged, but confirmed he harbors no plans to play in the preseason, talking repeatedly about Week 1's tilt with the Philadelphia Eagles as the target for his return.

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UPDATE: Monday, July 29, at 12:55 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

NBC's Michael David Smith has the latest on Robert Griffin III:

Washington quarterback Robert Griffin IIIsays he will wear a brace on his surgically repaired knee for the entire 2013 season.

Griffin was asked after practice today whether he’ll protect his knee with a brace for the rest of his career, and although he said he hasn’t decided that, he has already decided to wear a brace for at least this year.

"I don’t know if I’ll wear it forever. I know I’ll wear it for the rest of the season," Griffin said.

CSN Washington's Tarik El-Bashir provided more from Griffin:

Griffin created a bit of a stir last Thursday when he took a snap during the morning walkthrough without the brace. After realizing his mistake, he quickly returned to the sidelined and put it on.

Although that happened in front of several thousands of fans and a dozen reporters, he acknowledged Monday that it wasn’t the first time he forgot to put it on.

"I don’t really worry about my leg anymore," he said. "Consistently I forget my brace. Like I did on the first day and everybody made a big deal about that. I feel great."

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UPDATE: Thursday, July 25, at 5:38 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

The Redskins' official Twitter feed provides coach Mike Shanahan's thoughts on Griffin's status:

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UPDATE: Thursday, July 25, at 10:15 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

The Associated Press' Joseph White Jr. has the latest on Robert Griffin III:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, July 24, at 4:23 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo's Jeff Darlington provides an update on Robert Griffin III's progress:

Darlington also provides a summary of the presser:

Andrew Siciliano passes along this quote from RGIII, which outlines his feelings on preseason:

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UPDATE: Tuesday, July 23, at 8:40 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

ESPN's Adam Schefter has the latest on Robert Griffin III:

Despite Robert Griffin III being medically cleared to participate in training camp, it still would be a major surprise if he played in a preseason game based on Mike Shanahan's coaching history and the thoughts of some in Washington Redskins organization.

Shanahan, who put Griffin through an extensive workout Monday after team doctors cleared his return to practice, would not specifically address questions of whether Griffin would play this summer. But sources who know the coach expressed pessimism Griffin would return in the preseason.

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UPDATE: Monday, July 22, at 11:30 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Robert Griffin III provided fans with an update on his status this morning:

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UPDATE: Sunday, July 21, at 10:05 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

The Washington Post's Mike Jones has the latest on Robert Griffin III:

...Robert Griffin III feels ready to join his teammates on the field, less than seven months since the reconstruction of his right knee. On Wednesday, he’ll find out if he can.

A person familiar with the second-year quarterback’s physical and mental health said this week that Griffin’s knee — the same in which he tore his right anterior cruciate ligament in 2009 and then this past January suffered damage to his lateral collateral ligament, ACL and meniscus — 'feels great,' and that Griffin believes that he has done everything possible to meet his stated goal of returning for the opening of camp. The person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized by the Redskins to speak publicly on the matter, said Griffin continues to run and cut without pain or limitation.

However, the decision on whether Griffin receives the green light to practice this week rests with James Andrews, the sports orthopedic surgeon who serves as a team consultant and spends every game on the Redskins’ sideline. Andrews, who has met with Griffin periodically to monitor his process since conducting his surgery in January, will examine his knee extensively Wednesday. He will determine then just how ready Griffin really is to return to the field, and relay that opinion to the Redskins. 

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UPDATE: Friday, July 19, at 8:15 a.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network has the latest news on Robert Griffin III's status for training camp. 

Per that report (h/t CSN Washington for quote):

Robert Griffin III is trying to follow the lead of Adrian Peterson by having a stellar season after suffering from a torn ACL late in the previous season. According to a report, he might follow Peterson’s training camp schedule to try to get him ready for the season opener and beyond.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported last night that while the Redskins have not yet decided what Griffin’s status will be there is a possibility that he, like Peterson, will start training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Citing “a source close to RG3”, Rapoport said that the quarterback might spend a week or so on the sideline working with trainers in order to keep him from going to hard too soon.

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UPDATE: Sunday, July 14, at 10:45 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

ESPN Radio 980's Chris Russell has the latest on Robert Griffin III:

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UPDATE: Monday, June 24, at 11:05 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Encouraging news for Redskins fans, courtesy of backup quarterback Kirk Cousins. NBC's Michael David Smith has the latest:

Cousins said Griffin has made significant progress in his recovery, and Cousins can’t imagine that Griffin won’t be ready to play when the Redskins open the season against the Eagles on September 9.

"Robert looked awesome, and I’m not just saying that," he said on NFL AM. "He is a bit of a freak in terms of his athleticism, he has healed very quickly, he couldn’t practice with us, but he was on a separate field doing drills all spring during OTAs and minicamp. He looked really good. I think he’ll be on the field Week One. But my mindset is to be ready no matter what, and I’m getting ready all summer so I’ll be ready if called upon."

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UPDATE: Wednesday, June 12, at 9:40 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Robert Griffin III continues to make great progress in his recovery from knee surgery and has been putting his athleticism on display early this offseason. ESPN's staff has the latest:

After showing that he can now do "explosive sprinting" -- his dreadlocks flowing behind him as he dashed from sideline to sideline in the end zone of the Washington Redskins' practice bubble..

... Griffin again worked on the side Tuesday as the Redskins begin their spring minicamp, the franchise quarterback wearing a tight long-sleeve white T-shirt instead of a jersey and sporting the now-familiar large black brace on his right knee. He ran drills with other rehabbing players -- as he's done all spring -- but the newest element to his routine is the ramped-up sprinting that he hopes keeps him on pace to be full-go when training camp starts in late July.

"I've said it a bunch a times," Griffin said. "I'm pretty confident I'll be ready."

...Football-wise, coach Mike Shanahan said there's no change in the plans for Griffin. No matter how good the quarterback looks on the field, he won't be practicing at training camp until cleared by the doctors.

"When that date is, I don't think anybody knows," Shanahan said.

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Griffin discussed his status with the media earlier this offseason—as he has in previous weeks—but in these situations, actions often speak louder than words.

That's what is creating the most buzz right now, because Griffin was captured by the Redskins' official Twitter page throwing at the pads-free practice. Below, he hits running back Chris Thompson on a short strike over the middle:

Footwork is the foundation on which great quarterbacks are developed. Mental repetitions are valuable to an extent, but nothing beats tangible progress on the practice field. The fluidity as he drops back, as in the video above, shows that Griffin is indeed making tremendous progress in his rehabilitation.

The well-spoken signal-caller provided plenty of intriguing updates on his health too. What Griffin shared on Thursday has to have the Redskins faithful extremely optimistic:

Adidas released a bold advertisement months ago with Griffin as the centerpiece, and it implied that he would be ready for Week 1's home clash with the Philadelphia Eagles:

The fact that Griffin is targeting training camp as his return makes his recovery seemingly that much more miraculous. Having said that, Griffin did add a caveat to that ambitious timeline:

The reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year put to rest any concerns of tension between himself and the coaching staff over the injury that ended his season in the team's NFC Wild Card playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, per The Washington Post's Mike Jones:

All seems to be going swimmingly at Redskins OTAs. Griffin's accelerated recovery is reminiscent of Minnesota Vikings superstar running back Adrian Peterson, with whom Griffin consulted about his own road back to the gridiron, along with Redskins backup quarterback Rex Grossman:

Though Kirk Cousins is taking the first-team reps, he wants to see Griffin back to 100 percent as much as anyone:

The success of the pistol formation and read-option concepts deployed by offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in 2012 showcased Griffin's unique athleticism and the surprising potential of fellow rookie Alfred Morris at running back.

That lethal combination allowed Washington to own the league's No. 1 rushing attack. Even in light of Griffin's injury, though, the schematic strategy won't necessarily change, according to head coach Mike Shanahan:

Griffin's father told Dave Sheinin of the Washington Post that he hopes the dynamic offense that his son triggers is more pass-heavy in 2013.

"I just know that based on what I know Robert can do, he doesn’t have to be a runner as much as I saw last year. To me, you’re paying these [receivers] a lot of money to catch the football. I’m his dad—I want him throwing that football, a lot. A lot," the senior Griffin said.

The point Shanahan brought up about the read-option giving Griffin more time to survey the defense is strong. Such a play-action fake causes hesitation, more one-on-one matchups and the opportunity for Griffin to utilize his magnificent arm strength to hit big plays down the field.

However, throwing the ball more would at least put Griffin out of harm's way in terms of absorbing hits in the open field. Griffin commented on the notion that he needs to change his perceptibly reckless approach, but put the concerns of the team first in his elaboration on his style:

Below is a breakdown of Griffin's game-by-game performance form the 2012 season in terms of rushing and passing yardage. Griffin had an immense impact off the field in terms of star power and charisma, but this highlights the precocious prowess he showcased in his rookie campaign:

As the No. 2 overall pick in last year's draft, the former Heisman Trophy winner at Baylor didn't disappoint, throwing for 3,200 yards, 20 touchdowns and just five interceptions.

Griffin also raced for 815 yards and seven more scores on the ground in sparking Washington to a seven-game winning streak to end the regular season, which netted the Redskins an NFC East title.


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