- The Washington Times - Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Robert Griffin III glided across the end zone inside the Washington Redskins‘ indoor practice facility Tuesday with the same sprinter’s stride that made him such a unique threat as an NFL rookie quarterback. A black plastic brace stabilized his right knee as he ran straight ahead.

Griffin sees each day, each practice, each treatment session as progress toward returning from knee ligament surgery. And with only two days of Redskins minicamp remaining before the team’s six-week summer break, he is determined to finish his rehabilitation strong.

When his teammates scatter to their offseason sanctuaries at the end of this week, Griffin will continue to rehab his knee at Redskins Park. And when his personal life leads him away from Ashburn this summer, his rehab regimen will not stop.

His target return date of July 25, Washington’s first training camp practice, is almost in sight.


“When it comes to training camp, it is just a matter of how my body feels when I get back on July 25 before we go down to Richmond, and we’ll go from there,” Griffin said. “I mean, I’ve said it a bunch of times: I’m pretty confident I’ll be ready.”

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) stands in the end zone at the end of practice during mini camp at Redskins Park, Ashburn, Md., Tuesday, June 11, 2013. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) stands in the end zone ... more >

Griffin on Tuesday hosted his fourth and final media session of the Redskins‘ offseason program.

If he desires, he can perform the advanced stages of his rehab away from the cameras and reporters’ questions.

With no media access scheduled for six weeks, Griffin faced questions that meandered, clumsily at times, through a wide variety of subjects, including his ongoing recovery, his upcoming wedding and whether he can sing better than backup quarterback Kirk Cousins.

Most notably, Griffin considered his workout Tuesday to include explosive sprinting.

He ran the width of the field several times alongside third-round rookie tight end Jordan Reed, who is recovering from a left knee bruise.

“I feel comfortable sprinting now, and the next big stage is just cutting,” Griffin said. “It’s not that I go cut for two days and I’m ready to go. It’s just a month of doing cutting drills, changing direction; that way I can train my body to get back for that. I will start that next week.”

Once Griffin begins cutting, the rest of his recovery involves repeating those workouts over and over.

“Just get more and more comfortable, and then whatever I feel like I have a deficiency at, I’ll make sure I fix that, and there’s little exercises you can do to help with that,” he said.

There will be no hiatus during Griffin’s wedding and honeymoon.

Griffin is scheduled to marry his college sweetheart, Rebecca Liddicoat, in Denver on July 6. She is from Boulder, Colo.

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