Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is expected to receive clearance to resume running on the field within the next week, his father said.
The details of Griffin’s rehabilitation had largely been kept under wraps aside from a few vague updates from Coach Mike Shanahan, orthopedic surgeon James Andrews and most recently, Griffin himself.
Griffin was said to be “ahead of schedule,” by all three, and Andrews described the quarterback as “superhuman” in his recovery. But the extent of Griffin’s capabilities hadn’t been revealed.
Robert Griffin Jr. on Monday, however, revealed exactly how far along his son was in his recovery.
“He’s been running in the pool, and some on the treadmill,” he told The Post. “But they’re just about ready to take it out on the field.”
Griffin tore the ACL, lateral collateral ligament and meniscus in his right knee during Washington’s Jan. 6 playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He had surgery Jan. 9 to repair all three ligaments. By Feb. 2, when he accepted the rookie of the year award on the eve of the Super Bowl, he was walking without crutches.
Griffin last week reiterated his goal of returning to the field by the start of the 2013 season, but he added that he wouldn’t risk a setback that could damage his career long-term.