Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has been cleared by doctors to practice with his teammates in training camp, he tweeted Monday morning.
He has targeted the July 25 start of training camp for his return from surgery he had on Jan. 9 to revise the reconstruction of the ACL and repair the lateral collateral ligament and medial meniscus in his right knee.
Doctors cleared me to practice. Coach is going to ease me in. Thank you for your support & See you in Richmond— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) July 22, 2013
Griffin won’t be exposed to contact until game situations because all quarterbacks are spared it during practices. Griffin will participate in 7-on-7 drills but not full team work as coaches ease him back in, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who requested anonymity.
It is not known whether coach Mike Shanahan plans to play Griffin in any preseason games. Shanahan is expected to meet with reporters Wednesday afternoon or Thursday. Griffin will talk to the media Wednesday.
Griffin met with his surgeon, renowned orthopedist James Andrews, regularly throughout the offseason. He visited Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., last Wednesday and Thursday, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who requested anonymity because the team has not publicized details of Griffin’s return since minicamp ended on June 13. Griffin worked out for Shanahan on Monday.
Griffin astounded doctors and trainers by so quickly progressing through the stages of his rehabilitation. The nature of his injury hastened his recovery. Because the right patellar tendon graft serving as his ACL did not tear—it only destabilized—Griffin did not experience as much swelling or peripheral problems as he did when he first tore his ACL at Baylor in 2009. By July, he progressed to where he could sprint explosively and cut without problems.
Players are trickling into Richmond early this week and must report for physicals Wednesday.