When Robert Griffin III tore his ACL in the Redskins first playoff game in forever, everyone who loves football winced. ACL injuries are an epidemic in sports today and we don’t really know why. But what we do know is that medical science is absolutely outstanding and the advancements we’ve seen have allowed athletes to comeback from the injury not only sooner than ever, but better than ever as well.
The Washington Redskins are hoping their franchise guy will be back next season, and so far RG3’s progress in his recovery is significant enough for the Redskins to boast that there is a ‘legitimate chance’ he’ll be under center the first week of the 2013 season.
Redskins officials already are encouraged enough with @rgiii‘s recovery to believe he has a legitimate chance to start on opening day.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 14, 2013
The Redskins might be getting a little ahead of themselves when they say he’s going to be ready for the first week of the season, but it is encouraging to know that RG3’s recovery is going as well as Washington says it is. Obviously, given they were fined for doing so earlier in the season, they’re not going to lie about his status, but it’s still a bit too early to confidently say RG3 will be ready for opening day.
But progress is positive and the fact that Adrian Peterson came back to have such an outstanding season is in the front of the Redskins’ mind. However, let’s hope it doesn’t become the vision they have for RG3 as rushing him back from the injury could prove disastrous for the growth of Griffin III and could stunt the talent boom the NFL is currently experiencing.