According to Mike Jones of The Washington Post, Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III feels like he’s ready to get on the field and practice with his teammates when training camp opens up later this week.
A person familiar with the second-year quarterback’s physical and mental health said this week that Griffin’s knee — the same in which he tore his right anterior cruciate ligament in 2009 and then this past January suffered damage to his lateral collateral ligament, ACL and meniscus — “feels great,” and that Griffin believes that he has done everything possible to meet his stated goal of returning for the opening of camp. The person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he wasn’t authorized by the Redskins to speak publicly on the matter, said Griffin continues to run and cut without pain or limitation.
In order for Griffin to get on the field right away with his teammates, Dr. James Andrews will need to medically clear him.
However, the 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. The Redskins declined to make Andrews available for interview for this story.
If Andrews determines that Griffin isn’t ready to practice fully, Washington could place the quarterback on the physically unable to perform list. That would prevent him from practicing while he further strengthens his knee with running and other drills under the direction of the team’s trainers.