Adrian Peterson has advice for RGIII

September 20, 2013

(Charles Rex Arbogast / AP)

Adrian Peterson, who set the new standard by which recovery from devastating knee injuries is measured, took a moment Thursday to offer his take on how well Robert Griffin III is doing.

The Washington Redskins quarterback, who underwent knee surgery in January, may have struggled in his first two games, but Peterson isn’t concerned.

“With him, it’s going to be week-by-week,” Peterson said (via ESPN). “The quarterback position is different. He’s not just running the ball. He’s back there, going through progressions and trying to find guys and really being on alert. So he’ll be okay.”

Peterson had anterior cruciate ligament surgery after hurting his knee in a Christmas Eve 2011 game against Washington and played in the 2012 opener. He didn’t catch fire, though, until the sixth week of the season — and nearly broke Eric Dickerson’s rushing record. It’s all a matter of having “that confidence that the ligament is strong and trust your body.”

“Just life in general, you can kind of mess yourself up in the head thinking too much. You just tag on an injury and coming back, it can really make it hard on yourself. Mentally, just have faith in the work you put in and just [go] out there and play.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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