Robert Griffin III attends the White House Correspondents Dinner. (Scott Eells / Bloomberg)

Robert Griffin II isn’t a doctor or a coach, but he knows his son probably better than anyone else and, in an interview with WJLA’s Leon Harris, he said Robert Griffin III’s recovery is progressing rapidly. And, if he’d been coaching, he’d have taken him out of the game before his knee buckled.

“…Physical strength, lateral movement, lateral strength,, he feels he far exceeds four months post-surgery from [the] first time [he underwent reconstructive knee surgery in 2009],” Griffin said, “but Robert knows this is a long-term thing.”

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“If Robert is training right now, the goal is to play football this year.”

Griffin said he expects his son will be used differently, perhaps running less often.

“I think that the message was loud and clear [with his injury],” Griffin said. “What they have to do in order to have Robert, you know, be what they want him to be, because you don’t want him to limp into the playoffs.”

There’s that whole hindsight-is-always-20/20 thing, but Griffin said he’d have pulled his son after he initially hurt his knee in the playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

“When he threw the ball at the last minute his leg buckled and he fell and then he came back. Then he got up, went back in, threw the touchdown,” he said. “They went up 14-0. I would have pulled him.”

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