Through a barrage of questions, the highlighted inquiry was regarding his return from injury. When asked if a return by the first day of training camp was “realistic,” RG3 had this to say (per Marc Sessler of NFL.com):
Without a doubt. One: it's a month (away). And then, two, it's just how I feel and how it's progressed. Over the last three weeks, I've had a lot of progress, and I feel a lot better. While training camp's a month, month and a half away, I feel really good about that. And then the start of the season is even farther than that. That's why I say 'without a doubt.' I think it is the right target if I'm ready. If I'm not, I can swallow my pride.
Although Griffin III is optimistic, there is still obvious (and warranted) concern on the part of the coaching staff and fans. It was evident that the Redskins were a different team without the former Heisman winner at the helm; he is simply irreplaceable.
Now, that’s not to say that backup QB Kirk Cousins didn’t do a fine job in place of RG3, but if you had to choose between the two, it’s a no-brainer.
As everyone knows, an ACL injury is not something you want to rush back from.
We’ve seen some guys take up to a year to fully recover from knee injuries such as this, but there are exceptions. Just a year ago, we all saw Adrian Peterson dominate the NFL. A 2,000-plus-yard season mere months after major knee surgery? Unprecedented.
One of the major parallels between AP’s recovery and RG3’s is their doctor, James Andrews. Largely regarded as the most prestigious and talented specialist by professional athletes everywhere, Andrews has noted that Griffin III is looking “superhuman.”
No one wants to get their hopes up, but Andrews was hailing Peterson’s recovery the same way he is RG3's, which makes things a bit interesting.
As long as RG3 is in the lineup, it’s hard to argue that Washington isn’t a playoff team.
Best-case scenario is he comes back in time for training camp fully recovered and ready to tear it up (metaphorically, of course). Worst case is he misses training camp, the preseason and maybe a couple of regular-season games.
Fortunately, the latter is the least likely, but let’s play it out as if it did happen.
Cousins is a more-than-competent backup, and it would be good for him to get the experience of running with the first-team offense. Even if Cousins has to play a couple of regular-season games, the Redskins should be alright.
But, in keeping with the worst-case scenario, let’s say Washington starts off 0-2. There are still 14 more games in which RG3 will more than likely be playing, giving the Redskins a solid chance to win the majority of those and return to the postseason.
The bottom line is this: Everything is okay; there isn’t much need for worrying in Washington. Redskins fans can breathe easy knowing that things are looking up for RG3’s return. But, even if things don’t continue to progress at this rate, ‘Skins nation can depend on Captain Kirk.
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