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RGIII says he’ll likely ditch the knee brace in 2014

(Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)
(Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

As it became clear in 2013 that Robert Griffin III would not replicate his fabulous rookie season, many fans fixated on his knee brace, wondering whether the apparatus was holding him back. And it wasn’t just fans, either.

“When you’re walking around with a knee brace or playing with a knee brace, obviously it’s slowing you down a little bit,” Pierre Garcon said in September. “It’s just natural. It’s common.”

“I also believe he’s faster as soon as he takes that knee brace off,” Chris Cooley said in November. “I think he’s going to keep it on for the rest of the season, but you’re going to see every bit of the athleticism in Robert Griffin next year. You’re going to see everything you saw in the first year.”

Griffin refrained from blaming the brace for his perceived loss of speed, but he pretty obviously wanted to be rid of the thing. And now he’s suggesting that will happen in 2014.

“One of the questions I get asked the most by fans is is Robert gonna wear a knee brace next season,” Comcast SportsNet’s Tarik El-Bashir told Griffin at an awards ceremony Monday night. “Have you made a determination?”

Griffin then noted that he wore a brace for one season after his previous ACL surgery at Baylor, and then took it off.

“Me, [Redskins head trainer] Larry [Hess], Dr. [James] Andrews, [Redskins team physician Anthony] Casolaro, we’ll all sit down — [Redskins orthopaedic physician Chris] Annunziata and all those guys — and figure it out,” Griffin replied. “But I think it’s safe to say I won’t be wearing the brace.”

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Dan Steinberg writes about all things D.C. sports at the D.C. Sports Bog.
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