After one more solid practice on Wednesday afternoon, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III finally sees the light at the end of the tunnel. His long awaited return to the field from right knee surgery is almost here.
Griffin spoke with the media for the first time since he was cleared last Thursday by his surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, to start on Sept. 9 in the season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. The last step was a weekend teleconference with Andrews, Griffin and Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan, among others. As long as Griffin gets through Thursday’s practice without a setback he’ll be ready to go.
“Me, [Andrews] and coached talked,” Griffin said. “We’ll keep that between us. Bottom line is I’m ready to go, they’re confident in what I can do and we’ll go out there and play.”
Griffin has practiced without restriction for the last three weeks, including drills against Washington’s No. 1 defense at full speed. He’s also received increased repetitions at practice and, according to Shanahan, has actually taken more reps this preseason than he did as a rookie last summer. They don’t expect rust to be a factor. So while Dr. Andrews – according to Shanahan, though later disputed by the doctor – had some final concerns that needed to be addressed in that teleconference, Griffin insisted that he doesn’t harbor any at all. It’s time to play.
“No, I don’t. Just want to get out there with the guys and have fun,” Griffin said. “We’ve got a big game at home. We want to protect our house. Play like you were never gone. I think that’s what every guy coming off an injury has to do.”