Robert Griffin III during his rookie season has learned some painful lessons about preserving his body. That process continued as he played the last two games through a mildly sprained right knee.
“The injury has shown me a lot just from a quarterback perspective … some things I can do to make the game easier for myself, easier on my body,” he said Wednesday. “Ironically, I’ve done a better job of protecting myself since the injury: sliding, getting down, getting all the possible yards I can and getting out of bounds. Sometimes things have to happen like that for you to really grasp that. It has shown me a lot. So I don’t think I’ve ever rushed for 10 yards a carry in a game, and I did that in this past game, so that was kind of fun.”
Griffin continues to wear a knee brace. It limits his range of motion, but Redskins trainers believe it’s necessary to protecting the injured ligament.
“You’re not going to be able to bend your knee normally,” Griffin said. “It restricts your flexion and your extension. It’s just to protect the ligaments in there. So there will be a natural limp in there, but at the same time you can still generate power.”
The noticeable difference between Griffin’s explosiveness before the injury and now results from “mostly the brace,” he said. When he takes the field Sunday against Seattle, he will be exactly four weeks removed from the injurious hit.
“The doctors aren’t going to let me take it off, I don’t believe,” he said. “Larry [Hess, head athletic trainer] is not going to let me take it off. So I try to do as much as I can without the brace, and then whenever they find out that I don’t have it on, I have to throw it on.”