Griffin and his father said he is further ahead in his recovery than he was after the same amount of time following his ACL reconstruction surgery in 2009. He still was on crutches three weeks after that procedure.
Robert Griffin Jr. suspects his son’s progress this time has been aided by the fact he did not lose much muscle mass in his right leg following the surgery. He said the 22-year-old did not completely tear the right patellar tendon graft that served as his ACL.
Orthopedist James Andrews, however, detected some instability at the top of the graft and believed it would serve Griffin best to completely revise the reconstruction using a patellar tendon graft from his left knee, the quarterback’s father said.
“You’ve just got to make sure you don’t get complacent, and no matter how far ahead you get, you’ve still got to be smart about it,” Griffin said. “That’s what my dad said. He told me the other day: “If you feel something in your knee, just stop. You’ve got to be able to do that.”
So far, so good. In fact, he moved so smoothly down the red carpet Saturday that a Redskins public relations official had him circle back to the start and walk it a second time with his fiancee so media could record it and show the world.
“To be able to walk around and do all this stuff, I’m pretty far ahead,” Griffin said. “But I don’t want to scare anybody. I’m going to take it slow. My goal is Week 1. That’s all I’m really worried about, so I’ll make sure I’m ready to go.”
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