Robert Griffin III 'feels great' and ready to return ahead of Redskins training camp. (The Washington Post/Getty Images)
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III "feels great" and is ready to return to practice by the opening of the team's training camp, The Washington Post's Mike Jones reported. But he'll be examined and undergo a critical test by Dr. James Andrews to determine whether he has made enough progress to fully resume football activities.
From the report:
[T]he 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.
If Andrews determines that Griffin is not yet ready to practice, the Redskins could place him on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. That would allow him to participate in running and other drills with the team's trainers, while preventing him from practicing.
Griffin, the 2012 NFL offensive Rookie of the Year, had surgery on Jan. 9 to repair torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments in his right knee. Since then, most have remained bullish on his recovery and early return — and a Redskins source told Jones that Griffin now runs and cuts without pain in his knee.
Andrews, who performed surgery on Griffin's knee, has said Griffin's recovery has been “unbelievable” and “superhuman.” In April, Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said that Griffin would "set a record for coming back."
Griffin threw for 3,200 yards with 20 touchdowns and five interceptions during his rookie campaign.