When Robert Griffin III went down in the playoffs with a knee injury, the prognosis looked so grim that many Redskins fans were ready to scratch his name out for a big chunk of the 2013-14 season.
But now, after a recovery that one doctor called “superhuman,” RGIII said he set a goal of returning in Week 1 — as long as he’s healthy.
The Redskins quarterback has been rehabbing since tearing his ACL in the playoffs. Last week his physician, the famed James Andrews, said RG3’s recovery is one of the fastest he’s ever seen.
Speaking to ESPN’s Stephania Bell, Andrews said Robert Griffin III’s recovery from the January 9 surgery to repair two knee ligaments has been “unbelievable.”
“RG III is one those superhumans,” Andrews said. “First patient I ever had like that was Bo Jackson. And recently I, of course, had Adrian Peterson, who is also superhuman. They have an unbelievable ability to recover, whereas a normal human being may not be able to recover.”
On the strength of that fast recovery, RG3 now has a more optimistic timetable for his return, saying that if he’s healthy he’ll start the season for the Redskins.
“My knee is getting better every day. The doctors say I’m ahead of schedule. My goal is to return healthy in Week 1 but if I’m not ready then I will wait until I am, however long that is. My first NFL season and my injury that ended it showed me a lot about the league, my team and myself,” RG3 said in the statement.
“I know where my responsibility is within the dilemma that led to me having surgery to repair my knee and all parties involved know their responsibilities as well,” Robert Griffin III added. “I’m looking forward to playing the game we all love so much again and not behind at the negative. Thanks for the overwhelming level of support that I’ve received, sic em (Baylor) Bears and hail to the Redskins!!”
Robert Griffin III Wants To Return By Week 1