Griffin wearing a different knee brace than at end of last season

Robert Griffin III, Larry Hess

Robert Griffin III is wearing the DonJoy Defiance knee brace, which differs from the brace he wore late last season. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

As he works his way back into form with the goal of returning by the start of the 2013 season, and possibly by the start of training camp, Robert Griffin III is sporting the DonJoy Defiance – a knee brace designed to support moderate to severe anterior cruciate, posterior cruciate, medial collateral and lateral collateral instabilities.

According to the company, although highly stable and specifically designed for athletes playing high-collision sports like football and hockey, the brace – which features a four-points of leverage system – is made with materials that are lightweight.

The brace differs from the one that Griffin wore in the final two regular season games of the 2012 season and the playoff game against Seattle. Griffin said Thursday that for those games, he wore the DonJoy Playmaker – a softer sleeve-like brace reinforced with hinges and secured with Velcro straps. (photo evidence here)

After straining his LCL late in that Week 14 game against Baltimore and then missing the matchup with Cleveland, Griffin experimented with a number of braces and then opted to go with the more flexible Playmaker. The brace had to be readjusted at times during games, and ultimately, it didn’t hold up as Griffin further injured the knee and then required surgery to repair his ACL, LCL and meniscus on Jan. 9.

Griffin has worn the Defiance during his onfield work this offseason. He has done dropbacks, rollouts and sprinted wearing the brace. In straight-ahead sprints, there appears to be a slight hitch, but Griffin insisted that he wasn’t limping because of limitations in his knee.

Griffin does have familiarity with the Defiance, because this is the second time he has worn it in his career. Griffin said the Defiance is what he wore during the 2010 season when he came back from a torn ACL in 2009.

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