Vikings running back Adrian Peterson set the bar pretty high when it comes to recoveries from torn ACLs this season by rushing for 2,097 yards.
It’s a bar the Redskins and their fans hope quarterback Robert Griffin III can reach after his own knee surgery this month. Jeff Darlington of NFL.com spoke to Peterson at the Pro Bowl and he cautioned that the two injuries aren’t the same so people shouldn’t expect things to play out the same way.
“That’s not fair,” Peterson said. “Everybody’s body heals differently. That’s something nobody is going to understand.”
Peterson cited his own family tree — his aunts and uncles all have “six packs and eight packs” at 50 – as part of the reason why he was able to make such a quick recovery. Griffin’s had previous tears in his knee, which will certainly factor in his recovery time regardless of the state of his uncle’s abs.
Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports reports that Griffin has started doing movement exercises, which the Redskins are able to monitor via daily video updates. It’s one step of many for Griffin to take before he can think about mimicking Peterson’s return.