The Washington Redskins received an emotional boost on Thursday when starting quarterback Robert Griffin III returned to the field for some on-field football drills and rehab. There was even some video of Griffin throwing passes at the OTA, which is always a positive sign. Griffin understands that he is not anywhere near game shape while he recovers from his torn ACL, but he is out there making progress and that is the first step towards a full recovery.
“The knee feels great,” Griffin said, via Pro Football Talk. “I’m able to do all the stuff out there without any hesitation, so that’s the best part about it. I’m excited about that. It’s all about having that confidence, and if you put the work in you’ll have that confidence when you get back out there on the field. It’s about playing like you were never injured.”
While Griffin is using the on-field drills to mentally prepare, he realizes that he still has a long way to go. In a few weeks, Griffin should be able to resume sprinting and cutting and then he will turn his attention towards preparing for training camp.
“There’s two phases left, explosive sprinting and cutting. Those are the only two things left. Being at four and a half months out, I am a little bit ahead,” Griffin said. “My goal is to be out there for training camp.”
If Griffin can return to the field for training camp, that would be a miracle recovery.
It is admirable to see Griffin pushing for such a lofty goal, but he may be wise to avoid pushing himself too much. All it takes is one step if his body isn’t fully prepared and he could suffer a setback. That would put his start of the season in jeopardy.