ESPN’s Josina Anderson spoke with Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall who made it clear that he doesn’t believe quarterback Robert Griffin III will be healthy enough for the season opener next season.
“I hope Robert [Griffin III] is back on the field next year, trust me. But it will be a miracle if he’s back opening day and I definitely don’t think that’s going to happen. It’s interesting the way the ball drops. I want him back on the field like everybody else, but we have to be realistic and he has to be safe. [Former Redskins running back] Tim Hightower tore his ACL in Week [7 of the 2011 season] and he wasn’t back for the [2012 regular season] and we ended up having to cut him. That was almost a year. [Vikings running back Adrian Peterson] tore his Week 16 against us but he’s back in time for the start of this season. It just depends. It just varies. Now you consider that Robert tore the same ACL twice, so it could take longer and be harder to come back from. [Peterson] is just a freak of nature. There’s no way around that one.”
So you don’t think Robert is a freak of nature too?
“Yes he’s freakish athletically but from a recovery standpoint that may or may not be a different story. I don’t know a lot about ACL’s. I have never injured one. I don’t know all the details about the process. All I know is that I wish him the best and I want him to come back as soon and as safe as possible.”
I agree with Hall, no matter what doctors say, I’d be shocked if Griffin is ready for week one of next season.