Robert Griffin III could be ready for the season without appearing in the preseason. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III told the Washington Post he could be ready for the Redskins season opener without playing a snap in the preseason. Griffin III, the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year, had surgery on Jan. 9 to repair torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments in his right knee.
Griffin III has not participated in the team's offseason practices but has been running and throwing during organized team activities as a part of his rehabilitation process. Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said that Griffin III would need to practice before playing in a game. Griffin III hopes to be ready by training camp.
Dr. James Andrews, the orthopedist who performed surgery on Griffin III’s knee, said Griffin III’s recovery has been nothing short of “unbelievable” and “superhuman.” Griffin III threw for 3,200 yards with 20 touchdowns and five interceptions during his rookie campaign.
“I’ve thought about that and yeah, I would be comfortable with that. That’s all I can say. I have no control over whether I play in the preseason or not. I would be comfortable running out of the tunnel at FedEx Field with the smoke and everything.”