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Robert Griffin III says “knee is getting better every day” but won’t rush return

Robert Griffin III found a new, albeit temporary, receiver. (Courtesy Feld Entertainment)
Robert Griffin III found a new, albeit temporary, receiver. (Courtesy Feld Entertainment)

Robert Griffin III took a moment out from throwing passes to elephants and rooting for the Baylor Bears in the NCAA women’s tournament to send ESPN’s Trey Wingo a text update on how his knee is progressing.

The note came  days after his surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, told the network that his star patient is “one of those superhumans.” RGIII told Wingo:

My knee is getting better every day. The doctors say I’m ahead of schedule. My goal is to return healthy in week one but if I’m not ready then i will wait until i am, however long that is. My first NFL season and my injury that ended it showed me a lot about the league, my team and myself. i know where my responsibility is within the dilemma that led to me having surgery to repair my knee and all parties involved know their responsibilities as well. I m looking forward to playing the game we all love so much again and not behind at the negative. thanks for the overwhelming level of support that i’ve received, sic em bears and hail to the redskins!!

Last week Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan had taken a similarly measured approach to RGIII’s recovery, telling reporters at the NFL owners’ meetings, “For me to tell you anything at this time is kind of ludicrous.” Griffin underwent surgery surgery Jan. 9 to repair torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments and meniscus.

Griffin, Andrews told ESPN, “wants his recovery to be fairly private, but I can tell you he’s way ahead of schedule. His recovery has been unbelievable so far.”

“RGIII is one those superhumans. First patient I ever had like that was Bo Jackson. And recently I, of course, had Adrian Peterson, who is also superhuman. They have an unbelievable ability to recover, whereas a normal human being may not be able to recover.”

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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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Cindy Boren · March 26, 2013