Adrian Peterson: Don’t compare RG3 recovery to mine

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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.

38 responses to “Adrian Peterson: Don’t compare RG3 recovery to mine

  1. “That’s not fair,” Peterson said. “Everybody’s body heals differently. That’s something nobody is going to understand.”
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    errr. i understand that.

  2. While RGIII could certainly (and I hope he does) recover just as fast, expecting him to recover at the exact same rate as AP did wouldn’t be realistic because everybody heals differently. Hopefully Griffin can heal fully and quickly.

  3. AP is a modern marvel in his recovery time. Griffin is going to hurt himself if he models his recovery times after AP. Everyone is different, recover at your own pace my man.

  4. Hopefully he can and will recover completely and correctly.

    I hope even more that the Redskins don’t rush him back. I hope they take the time to let him heal the way that he needs to.

  5. ken0west says:
    Jan 24, 2013 1:47 PM
    RG3s next snap will be in 2014. He has 0% chance of playing this year. Ca’t wait tell the line goes up, sweet action.

    which state are you a medical expert in?

  6. Seems Dr. Andrews was more than hedging his bets with the prognosis. Giving him essentially 50-50 odds of recovering back to his previous abilities.

  7. RGIII just started doing knee exercises? Wasn’t his surgery a month ago? Seems like that’s taken a while. I know several people who started doing knee exercises (heel slides and straight leg raises) a couple days after ACL surgery. Unless having the LCL surgery with it sets you back that much.

    Dang, that’s gotta be rough. Still pulling for you RGIII

  8. I think most fans do understand that RG3 needs to recover at his own pace, and that a 2013 return is unlikely…It will be some members of the media who will keep making comparisons to AP, and unfairly question RG3’s commitment if his rehab takes longer.

  9. Peterson’s recovery is nothing short of a miracle.

    Jamaal Charles, Eric Berry and Tony Moeaki all came back from their ACL injuries looking good, but it too a while longer.

    With a little bit of security in place because Cousins looks serviceable the Redskins really need to make sure they don’t rush the kid back.

    As far as the comments about this being the second tear on the same ACL, the tear is actually from the old repair failing. I have faith Dr Andrews will do a better reconstruction.

  10. Put RGIII on IR for 2013. You can even put him on the “eligible to return IR” if you think he may be ready for the second half of the season.

    Gamble that Cousins is as good as he looked in his admittedly small sample size, start him in ’13

    If he is, flip him for a couple of good picks in the ’14 draft.

    RGIII comes back healthy in ’14, when BTW, he’ll still only be 24 years old.

    There are teams in far worse situations than that.

  11. johnnycash19 says: Jan 24, 2013 2:25 PM

    “RGIII just started doing knee exercises? Wasn’t his surgery a month ago?”

    Actually the surgery was performed by Dr. Andrews on Wednesday, Jan. 9.

  12. Lets keep it real. AP did the near impossible so thinking RGIII does the same on a already damaged knee is nuts. Having torn his ACL twice it is bound to impact his playing confidence and the type of game he plays. He’ll need at least 8 months of gruelling physical therapy before he’s ready to take the practice field and that means he misses training camp. Then at least a month or two to get into game shape.

    Of course if the Redskins are holding back other knee damage such as a torn meniscus, well 2014 looks about right.

  13. johnnycash19 says: Jan 24, 2013 2:25 PM

    RGIII just started doing knee exercises? Wasn’t his surgery a month ago? Seems like that’s taken a while. I know several people who started doing knee exercises (heel slides and straight leg raises) a couple days after ACL surgery. Unless having the LCL surgery with it sets you back that much.
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    Considering that this site, as well as NFL network and ESPN, reported that Griffin had started movement exercises a month ago; the phrase “has started doing movement exercises,” is a misinterpretation of the source.

    In no way is Cole reporting that Griffin has just begun physical therapy. The Tweet says that the Redskins training staff is “[now]” video monitoring his rehab. He is already doing movement exercises on his knee. The implied “[now]” applies to the video, not the exercises.

  14. AD is obviously correct. And even beyond that RGIII may be dealing with greater/and/or repeat damage. RGIII is the man, and I am hoping for a speedy recovery too, but I want him thoroughly healed, and not rushed. HTTR!

  15. Dean Keaton, you and everyone else claiming AP took any kind of enhancing drug can shove it! Its just jealous Fans like you that passed on the “Injury Prone” RB out of Oklahoma that make.accusations cause they’re upset their Teams RB all look mediocre to this guy! & Can I ask you what drug has ever Helped an ACL hold up 8 months after the tear? NONE! go play some operation you wanna be doctors!

  16. bengals69 says: Jan 24, 2013 3:06 PM

    Lets keep it real. AP did the near impossible so thinking RGIII does the same on a already damaged knee is nuts. Having torn his ACL twice it is bound to impact his playing confidence and the type of game he plays. He’ll need at least 8 months of gruelling physical therapy before he’s ready to take the practice field and that means he misses training camp. Then at least a month or two to get into game shape.
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    If you look at the interview Peterson says he “thinks” Griffin “can” do it, but who cares what he says, he’s “nuts”, right?

    If you actually read the article, you’ll see that what Peterson is saying is [not to compare the two injuries, or the two recoveries]. What AP did was pretty amazing, and his point is that [if Griffin can’t come back from his knee injury as quickly as Peterson did or return to peak playing form as quickly as Peterson did; it’s no knock on Griffin]. And nobody should hold anything against him for not outdoing or replicating Peterson’s unbelievable accomplishment.

  17. ketch20too says: Jan 24, 2013 2:05 PM

    Seems Dr. Andrews was more than hedging his bets with the prognosis. Giving him essentially 50-50 odds of recovering back to his previous abilities.
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    Andrews clearly gave him more than a 50-50 chance, and the only bet he was trying to hedge is in the minds of impatient fans.

    After initially declaring that Griffin will absolutely be ready for by September, he tempered it with cautious optimism, saying that while it’s his opinion, as the most renowned figure in the history of sports medicine, that Griffin should be ready to go by September; as AP said, bodies heal differently, and Redskins fans shouldn’t bet their life-savings on Griffin starting their season opener.

  18. Hopefully RGIII has invested in a Hyperbaric chamber and he may be able to come back around week 7 after being put on that new special IR that Suggs and Ray Lewis was on.

  19. ken0west says: Jan 24, 2013 1:47 PM

    RG3s next snap will be in 2014. He has 0% chance of playing this year. Ca’t wait tell the line goes up, sweet action.
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    “0%”? I’ll take that any day of the week. Hell, even Lloyd Christmas got “one in a billion”. I don’t remember if he ended up getting the girl, but “0%” is clearly aggressive schadenfreude more than objective prediction.

  20. bengals69 says: Jan 24, 2013 3:06 PM
    Having torn his ACL twice it is bound to impact his playing confidence and the type of game he plays.
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    This “two ACL tears” thing needs to put to rest. He had an ACL repair in 2009. When James Andrews went into Griffin’s knee to repair the LCL, he redid the old ACL repair as well. It’s a harmless, non-invasive upgrade and safety precaution, like using an extra piece of masking tape to seal a carboard box. On top of that, as so many are fond of pointing out, injuries didn’t affect his playing confidence this year (to his/Washington’s loss), and though he should come back a safer, more injury-aware player, why would it affect his playing confidence in the future, and moreover, why do you sound so hopeful that it will?

  21. Get rubber bands and screws out of your head. Stem Cells harvested from ones own pelvic bone make recovery times seem ‘miraculous’. Wait until this fall.

  22. If I was Adrian Peterson, I would make a video like Insanity and P90x. Call it “Adrian’s ACL Recovery”. He could make videos, books, blogs, shakes, vitamins, etc., and it would make millions. Who wouldn’t buy into that if you just tore your ACL?

  23. johnnycash19 says: Jan 24, 2013 2:25 PM

    RGIII just started doing knee exercises? Wasn’t his surgery a month ago? Seems like that’s taken a while. I know several people who started doing knee exercises (heel slides and straight leg raises) a couple days after ACL surgery. Unless having the LCL surgery with it sets you back that much.

    Dang, that’s gotta be rough. Still pulling for you RGIII

    Yes the LCL surgery does set back the normal time frame..it requires no weight bearing exercises(staying on crutches) for up to a month

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