Robert Griffin III says he’ll be ready by the first day of training camp
After tearing his ACL in a playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks in early January, there was talk that Robert Griffin III would miss a good portion of the 2013/2014 NFL season. For athletes, ACL injuries usually take at least 7 to 12 months to recover. This means that even by the quickest recovery time, RG III would be looking at a return sometime in August. Well scrap that, because according to RG III, not only will he be ready by opening day of the NFL season, he’ll be under center with the first-team offense when training camp opens July 25.
Via The Washington Times:
Robert Griffin III plans to be under center with the Washington Redskins‘ first-team offense when training camp opens July 25, he said Thursday.
“Without a doubt,” the franchise quarterback responded when asked if that was a realistic target.
“One, it’s a mindset. Two, it’s just how I’ve felt and how it’s progressed,” he said. “Over the last three weeks, I’ve had a lot of progress and I feel a lot better. If you think, well, training camp’s a month, month and a half away, two months, I feel really good about that. And the starter the season is even farther than that and I feel good about that, and that’s why I say without a doubt.”
The Redskins just wrapped up their organized team activities and start mini camp next week. RG III talked about working out with the other injured Redskins and having a chance to cut, plant, throw and run during the team’s recent OTAs.
“This week was a big week, going four straight days on the field,” he said. “On previous weeks we’ve had a day off. So to go the four straight, throwing every day, planting, cutting, doing the routes with the receivers — all of the guys did a good job balancing the act for four straight days. I started throwing on the run a lot more, as you guys saw, doing a lot more plant throws out of the play action, the type of throws that we do in our offense. That’s the encouraging part. I’ve also bumped up the long-distance running, as you guys saw today, ran a little bit more.
“That’s all good, I’m feeling more comfortable doing everything, and the coaches are saying that I look a lot better when they do get to sneak a peek in there. They say I look a lot more comfortable throwing the ball, look relaxed, and it shows.”