Robert Griffin III reportedly will start Redskins’ regular-season opener
After an offseason in which his knee injuries were dissected in the media as few have ever been, it appears that Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will start his team’s season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday, Sept. 9. ESPN’s Adam Schefter, citing sources, was the first with the news.
Griffin first injured his right knee in a Week 14 overtime win over the Baltimore Ravens, and re-injured it in the Redskins’ wild-card playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Throughout the offseason, Griffin has been dogged in his recovery process, and there are those close to him who have labeled that process as “freakish” as the one that allowed Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson to go from an ACL injury to a 2012 season in which he gained over 2,000 yards on the ground.
“RGIII is one those superhumans,” Dr. James Andrews, who performed the surgeries on Griffin and Peterson, told ESPN in March. “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.”
The final step, according to Schefter’s report, will occur when Andrews examines Griffin’s knee on Thursday, when the Redskins are in Tampa to face the Buccaneers in their final preseason game.
Griffin, according to reports, had his best week of practice to date this past week, and the Redskins have evidently deemed him ready to go despite the fact that he hasn’t played at all in the preseason.
“I would say I’m 100 percent, but you can’t put a number on it,” Griffin said during an appearance on ESPN 980 Radio (Washington, D.C.) earlier this week. “No one ever knows when they are 100 percent, or what percentage they’re playing at. The biggest thing is, I’m not below 100 percent.”