Griffin: “The only thing that needed a repair from last year was my knee”

May 23, 2013
Robert Griffin threw and did drills on Thursday before addressing the press. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)
Robert Griffin threw and did drills on Thursday before addressing the press. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Quarterback Robert Griffin III said after the Washington Redskins’ organized team activity Thursday that his surgically repaired right knee “feels great” and he hopes to be ready to participate in training camp.

“The knee feels great,” Griffin said. “I’m able to do all the stuff out there without any hesitation.”

Griffin did not participate in the OTA but was on the field and did some running and throwing. He said there are two phases remaining in his rehabilitation. He will begin explosive sprinting in a couple weeks and begin making cuts a few weeks after that, he said.

He has found it easier to hold back and follow his rehab plan after this surgery than he did following his previous torn anterior cruciate ligament in college, he said.

The Redskins begin training camp July 25, and Griffin said: “My goal is to be out there for training camp.”

Of the season, Griffin said: “I want to be ready for Week 1. That’s my goal. … (But) I’m not going to risk my career to play in one game.”

Griffin said his style of play will change a bit.

“I can’t change my mind-set,” he said, “but I can be smarter about what I do out there. … It’s about limiting those hits, making sure that I’m staying out there for my teammates. … I understand that I have to be more careful when it comes to that.”

Griffin said that he and Coach Mike Shanahan, who was sharply criticized for allowing Griffin to continue playing in the playoff game in which he re-injured his knee, “hashed everything out.”

Asked whether his relationship with Shanahan or the coaching staff needed to be repaired, Griffin said: “Coach and them, they know exactly what they’re doing. We’ve had talks about the offense.”

He said he “didn’t have a problem” with how he was used in the Redskins’ offense last season but he thinks the injury “clouded” the team’s success and “left a bad taste.”

He said he spoke to his father a day after his father said he hopes to see his son throw the ball more and run with it less next season. Griffin said he thanked his father for looking out for him.

“There was an unfortunate situation there at the end of the season,” Griffin said. “I don’t think there’s anything that needs to be repaired (in his relationship with the coaches and the team). … The only thing that needed repair from last year was my knee.”

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Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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