After suffering a right knee injury in the most recent NFL playoffs, Washington Redskins quarterback and former Baylor Bear, Robert Griffin III, had surgery on his ACL in January. The normal time frame for a return to sport from an ACL surgery is about 9 to 12 months. Earlier this week, RG3, as he is better known, was cleared to return to practice. Dr. James Andrews, who performed surgery on his knee, has said RG3’s recovery has been “unbelievable” and “superhuman.” Griffin officially returned to the practice field on Wednesday July 24, 2013 or about seven and a half months after surgery.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Griffin said, “The current plan is just patience is the key. So, I did all I could in the offseason working out, rehabbing. I passed all my tests with Dr. [James] Andrews, with the doctors for the Redskins and with the coaching staff. They just want to make sure that we’re not doing anything too soon that we don’t have to do. So let some of these other guys get ready for the preseason.”
The Redskins’ coaches know that although he is cleared to practice, they still want to take it slow and not rush RG3 back too soon. According to Griffin, the plan is that he will take part in individual drills, seven-on-seven passing drills, and portions of walk-throughs during training camp and pre-season practices. For 11-on-11 drills, he will sit out and backup Kirk Cousins will run the Redskins’ starting offense. After training camp and the pre-season, RG3 is expected to make a full return to action.
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