Dr. James Andrews, the renowned surgeon who serves as Washington’s team doctor, says quarterback Robert Griffin III is making great progress in his recovery from major knee surgery last month.
“We’ve got him well on his way,” Andrews told Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. “He is an unbelievable athlete as you well know. His recovery is way ahead of schedule so far. We don’t have to do much but try to hold him back, if you want to know the truth. Our whole mode for him, though, is to do what is best for his career, not necessarily what is best for the first game next season. So all of that has to be put on hold and let him get well.”
We seem to have reached a point where almost every NFL player is described as “ahead of schedule” when he’s rehabbing in the offseason, just as almost every NFL player’s surgery is described as a success. (And it seems that no NFL player is ever told, “You got butchered.”)
But Andrews cautioned that there’s still a lot of work for Griffin to do before he’s cleared to return. And Andrews wants Griffin to take things slowly.
Furthermore, Andrews added that he’s worried that high school and college players who see how quickly Adrian Peterson recovered a year ago, and are now seeing how quickly Griffin seems to be recovering, might set unrealistic expectations for how quickly they can return from ACL injuries, and that young players might aggravate their own injuries while trying to emulate their favorite players.
In other words, everyone needs to remember that reconstructive knee surgery is a very big deal. And even if Griffin is ahead of schedule a month after surgery, he still has a long way to go.