Robert Griffin III's knee injuries, suffered in Week 14 and the opening round of the NFC playoffs, sidelined one of the NFL's most electrifying players and raised legitimate concerns that his explosivity might never recover. But last week, Dr. James Andrews proclaimed Griffin 'superhuman' in his recovery, and now Griffin is adding to that by announcing his intentions to be ready for the start of the 2013-14 season.
"My knee is getting better every day," Griffin said in a text to ESPN's Trey Wingo. "The doctors say I'm ahead of schedule. My goal is to return healthy in Week 1 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."
What's more interesting is that Griffin then seeks to defend his coach, Mike Shanahan, and others involved in the decision to let him continue to play in the playoff game where he was obviously at less than full speed: "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," he said. "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 [Baylor] Bears and hail to the Redskins!!"
Griffin was injured in the January 5 playoff game against the Seahawks, and had surgery four days later. Shanahan took considerable heat for allowing Griffin to stay in the game, though Griffin took responsibility for wanting to continue to play.
"He wants his recovery to be fairly private, but I can tell you he's way ahead of schedule," Andrews said of Griffin last week. "His recovery has been unbelievable so far. RG3 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, where as a normal human being may not be able to recover." - Yahoo via Jay Busbee