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Source says it’s “ridiculous” to talk of RG3 return now

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Subtle yet palpable tension exists between the desire to put quarterback Robert Griffin III back on the field for Week One of the 2013 season and Griffin’s objective of ensuring his long-term health.

Recently, Griffin added an unmistakable asterisk to the “All In For Week One” tagline of a new ad campaign, pointing out that he won’t compromise his career in order to return for the first game of the coming football season.  Dr. James Andrews, who openly fretted about the team’s decision to let Griffin play with a bad knee (not long before the knee imploded), has since proclaimed the Griffin is “way ahead of schedule.”

A person close to Griffin has suggested, under the cover of anonymity, that the time has come to take a more low-key approach.

“I don’t understand why we’re talking about how close he is to playing or not right now,” the source told Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports.  “Let him just get better; there’s a long way to go.”

Any talk about Griffin’s rehab and recovery creates hope that he’ll be ready to go when the season begins.  And that’s something about which the networks are reportedly curious as the jockeying for the best slate of games commences.

“Again, it’s been like six weeks; what are we doing this for?” the source told Cole regarding the talk of Griffin’s recovery.  “He’s not running yet. . . .  It’s ridiculous to talk about.”

The source is right.  And it’s odd, to say the least, that Dr. Andrews is expressing cockeyed optimism only weeks after he came off as prescient for attempting to press the “caution” button regarding Griffin’s injured knee.

Griffin will be ready when he’s ready.  Putting him on the field at anything less than 100 percent would be even more foolish than leaving him on the field against the Seahawks when he was bad limping and increasingly ineffective.

And if Griffin feels like he’s being pushed too aggressively to return, a wedge could be driven between the franchise and its first franchise quarterback in years.

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  1. fckdaigglez says: Feb 24, 2013 6:51 PM

    It doesn’t matter he is a brittle QB on a team with zero talent at WR, said first here he will start opening game and he will be injured and done for the season by week 5! And as usual the skins will be doormats in the east.

  2. themagicman1223 says: Feb 24, 2013 6:52 PM

    I really hope mule-headed Shanahan didn’t impact this guys career in a bad way.

  3. fafaflunky says: Feb 24, 2013 6:54 PM

    sit the man until he’s a hundred percent
    we all seen how great he is..2 yrs away from a lombardi anyway..httr

  4. pete1616 says: Feb 24, 2013 6:57 PM

    Trade him to Buffalo. We will patiently wait for him to get healthy.

  5. h1ndrix says: Feb 24, 2013 6:58 PM

    Talk about trying to create a story where none exists. A wedge between the franchise and RG3? RG3 was the one who refused to come out of the Seattle game. Adidas came up with the “all in for week 1″ campaign. Nobody involved in the franchise has said anything about him playing week 1.

  6. cometkazie says: Feb 24, 2013 7:00 PM

    At last, someone who makes sense.

    Way out of place with the ‘Skins.

  7. eventhorizon04 says: Feb 24, 2013 7:06 PM

    Everybody is rooting for this guy to come back at 100%, but this source is right to say that it’s crazy for anybody to talk about RG3 being “ahead of schedule” or “set to be ready for training camp” when he still has months and months of rehab to go, during which he could suffer a setback at any point.

    Anybody saying he’s “likely” to be ready by week 1 is most likely trying to sell you Redskins tickets. He’ll be back eventually, but don’t believe anything you read about him being “on pace for return by _____” until it’s at least July. For now, who knows – he could make a miracle, Adrian Peterson-style early comeback, or he could take the full 12 months.

  8. hendawg21 says: Feb 24, 2013 7:07 PM

    Oh if you media types would quit at every opportunity to shove a tape recorder or microphone in front of a Redskin official or Dr. Andrews himself and ask how his progress is going maybe it wouldn’t be perceived this way. And don’t always be so quick and put all the blame on Shanahan and the coaches, RGIII knows his body, knows the risk and knew his condition he first of all should’ve thought of taking himself out when he hurt it earlier in the Seattle game, but no he tells Trent Willliams to not tell anybody…

  9. skin94249 says: Feb 24, 2013 7:09 PM

    Just mind your own business and let us Skins mind ours.

  10. mdagnew1 says: Feb 24, 2013 7:10 PM

    Because Snyder just sent out the season ticket invoices. Without RG3, the Skins are nothing…

  11. skin94249 says: Feb 24, 2013 7:11 PM

    We are staying in the news with a story that NFL Nation cares about, not just Redskins Nation.

  12. hoosiercolts says: Feb 24, 2013 7:15 PM

    It really seems as if he and Adidas have set him up for failure. Talk smack about DRose saying he would sit out the whole season, rather than push it and jeopardize his entire career. Rose is smart for taking that stance. Peterson made it look too easy and not everyone should be held to that standard.

  13. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Feb 24, 2013 7:16 PM

    “I don’t think the talk is ridiculous”. Sincerely, Coach Shanahan

  14. eagleswin says: Feb 24, 2013 7:24 PM

    If people are pumping the breaks on RG3′s comeback that must mean that all the season tickets have been renewed/sold. That was the main reason for the early Redskins media blitz all but guaranteeing that RG3 would be ready for week one.

  15. bartlettruss says: Feb 24, 2013 7:28 PM

    I agree with the source. They just stitched him up but they’re already commenting on the healing process? Problem is that Dr. Andrews is on the direct payroll of the Redskins as a team doctor. He has a conflict here and I think anyone knows that it’s too early to judge this healing process.

    I hope it goes well.

  16. daknight93 says: Feb 24, 2013 7:46 PM

    Redskins need a new head coach…the game has passed mike shanahan by and as long as he’s head coach; he will continue to make bone-headed decisions with compromising RG3′s health.

  17. boogerhut says: Feb 24, 2013 7:48 PM

    Did the author actually type “bad limping”? Was he trying for a street vibe with his wordsmithing?

  18. egomaniac247 says: Feb 24, 2013 7:50 PM

    Remember when the media tried to create some manufactured controversy when the Skins drafted Kirk Cousins?

    Looks pretty smart now doesn’t it?

  19. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Feb 24, 2013 7:53 PM

    No fan of the ‘Skins here, but it is absurd to talk of RG3 returning week 1. Didn’t the great Dr. Andrews do that recently???

    Noooooo. Do NOT raise the level of expectation unreasonably, or you are guaranteeing disappointment.

    RG3 is an absolutely amazing talent and an even more special person. Let him get right – without ad agencies for Adidas and medical people setting the bar so stratospherically high that it virtually ensures disappointment.

    We all saw how badly RG3 wants to ball. It’s not like he’s shrinking away from any on field challenges.

  20. jerryyouradisgrace says: Feb 24, 2013 7:54 PM

    It doesn’t matter he is a brittle QB on a team with zero talent at WR, said first here he will start opening game and he will be injured and done for the season by week 5! And as usual the skins will be doormats in the east.

    Fantastic post dude…spot on…love the doormat part

  21. hauts81 says: Feb 24, 2013 7:54 PM

    The Adrian Peterson influence. Any time an elite player now shreds his knee you will hear the inevitable questions about ‘Can he what AD did?’

  22. logicalvoicesays says: Feb 24, 2013 7:54 PM

    Robert Griffin does what he wants, when he wants. Hail to the Redskins. Best franchise in all of sports.

  23. clw1906 says: Feb 24, 2013 7:55 PM

    In your attempt to state how ridiculous comeback talk is right now guess what you’re part of the problem. If its suuuuuuch a crazy thing and a non issue why are you writing about it? Oh I know. Maybe it’s because the story brings ratings and readers.

  24. brewcrewfan54 says: Feb 24, 2013 7:58 PM

    Of course its too early to talk about when he’ll be ready. You don’t need to be a doctor to know this, just have some common sense.

  25. sadnfl says: Feb 24, 2013 8:01 PM

    Any talk is good talk! It’s the off season. I need my dose of nfl entertainment no matter how useless, sad, exciting, or insignificant it is. They are entertainers making millions. Let us speculate all we want.

  26. bucslose says: Feb 24, 2013 8:03 PM

    Source says? How about anyone with common sense says its ridiculous to talk RG3 return right now….

  27. jg725 says: Feb 24, 2013 8:09 PM

    here goes the pft czar up to his usual top-notch reporting – “a wedge between griffin and the skins”……really?????

  28. tgillespie74 says: Feb 24, 2013 8:20 PM

    It’s so obvious how much this site likes to take shots at the Redskins in every article posted. I’m reading this and at first I’m like wow its a real news article and then this

    “And if Griffin feels like he’s being pushed too aggressively to return, a wedge could be driven between the franchise and its first franchise quarterback in years.”

    Simply implying the Redskins are doing something wrong. Give it a rest already. I’ve been reading this site for years about all the teams and the one thing they do is constantly take shots at the Redskins when ever they can. Even if its a good thing the team does you always try to add some kind of negative spin.

    I write this not even being a Redskins fan. Give it a rest already. Stop reporting what you found on some other website or reporting source and find your own breaking news source.

  29. paulz624 says: Feb 24, 2013 8:30 PM

    They have a backup QB they could put in there and not skip a beat, why even chance his long term health? Let him sit until he’s 100% healthy, not just physically but mentally too, getting his confidence back is gonna be his biggest obstacle, don’t rush or pressure him, let him go at his own pace.

  30. FlyFromTheInside says: Feb 24, 2013 8:31 PM

    NEWSFLASH….It’s not the team, its all the media pundits that keep harping on this and speculating.

  31. tedstheman says: Feb 24, 2013 8:44 PM

    Dr. Andrews is full of it. Most of the league Dr. despise him. He has a full blown publicity machine that makes him look like the greatest orthopedic surgeon of all time. Of course he can say people like RGIII and latimore are ahead of schedule….but whose schedule? It’s ficticious! If RGIII plays week 1 or if Latimore plays week 1 they could end up like Jerry Rice and just get reinjured. No matter what the great Dr Andrews says, it’s still up to the ckubs medical staffs to clear the players and they won’t clear them until they are ready to play

  32. dylanssongwriter says: Feb 24, 2013 9:02 PM

    Time to take a more low key approach….unless it’s for Adidas

  33. abninf says: Feb 24, 2013 9:09 PM

    Shouldn’t he be concentrating on important things like getting the owner to change the racist name Redskins, Florio?

  34. natnic75 says: Feb 24, 2013 9:10 PM

    logicalvoicesays says:Feb 24, 2013 7:54 PM

    Robert Griffin does what he wants, when he wants. Hail to the Redskins. Best franchise in all of sports.

    So I guess he put his mind into tearing his ACL the second time around along with another ligament. He is so awesome. I wish I could do that to take some time off work.

    FTTR!!!

  35. xli2006 says: Feb 24, 2013 9:17 PM

    But but but they already made the Adidas Commercial for it and everything. Of course the ligaments in his knee will surely abide now once the commercial aired.

    AP’s situation is one in a thousand (assuming his was “all natural”). Expect something between APs and D Rose recovery to be realistic.

  36. rfoster75 says: Feb 24, 2013 9:37 PM

    Relax people, and shut up haters. He’s not playing before he’s ready.

  37. mackcarrington says: Feb 24, 2013 9:37 PM

    What we’re seeing now with the sports media is a bold and arrogant attempt to be the tail that wags the dog. Same with athletic sponsors (Adidas). The “Week One” campaign is an attempt to push the envelope also. Witness the Derrick Rose hype campaign. It was shameful how the basketball media tried with all their might to force teams to trade players before the trading deadline, and then became indignantly upset when there was no major movement. Now they’re trying to force RG3
    back on the field to make themselves look prophetic. Instead, it’s pathetic.

  38. ninefingers9 says: Feb 24, 2013 9:39 PM

    Pft tried to put these trashy stories out last year about AP. Get ready for a lot more of this in the next few months, skins fans!

  39. rbhttr says: Feb 24, 2013 9:44 PM

    It doesn’t matter he is a brittle QB on a team with zero talent at WR, said first here he will start opening game and he will be injured and done for the season by week 5! And as usual the skins will be doormats in the east

    Didn’t watch much football last year did you?

  40. skinsnsidr says: Feb 24, 2013 9:55 PM

    I love these anonymous sources and people supposedly close to Griffin that have so much intimate knowledge of situations. Any genius that does research on this type of surgery knows that even a superhuman freak still wouldn’t be able to walk this early. Thanks once again PFT and your plethora of anonymous sources for attempting to drum up something since its the offseason. Lets wait for actual people involved in the process(ie RG3, Dr. Andrews, Shanahan) to inform us of the progress.

  41. briang123 says: Feb 24, 2013 9:59 PM

    Lets not kid anyone and let’s not ignore this elephant in the room. If RG3 was white, he would never be out under this type of pressure to come back for week 1. Look at how Strasburg was treated, as no one called him out for being a wimp for bailing on his team in a pennant race so his precious little arm could be rested until the time for his next contract negotiation. With RG3, he is looked at like a selfish prima Donna for worrying about his health.

  42. peytonsneck18 says: Feb 24, 2013 10:05 PM

    Rg3 is a one time flash in the pan QB, redskins sold their soul to get him and hes a brittled damaged qb whos WAAAY OVERATED! ! sorry to put skins on suicide watch but its over for yal..hahaha

  43. beerbudsnbevo says: Feb 24, 2013 10:42 PM

    Major knee issue at Baylor…

    Major knee issues in Washington…

    Generally, I’d say don’t get your hopes up “logicalvoicesays”

    But in this case, please get your hopes up….

    It will be that more crushing when his knees go out again

  44. thesportsguy52 says: Feb 24, 2013 10:43 PM

    Boy, you are really grasping for reasons to talk about your Redskins, aren’t you Florio? Amidst all of this Baltimore success, I can imagine how hard it is to cope.

  45. keylimelight says: Feb 24, 2013 11:04 PM

    Of course it’s ridiculous to project when Griffin returns. And, keep in mind that BOTH knees were operated on.

    The R knee for repair, the L as a ligament donor. Griffin’s R knee had already donated available ligament (or cartilage or something) for his first (R)ACL repair a few years ago. So he’s rehabbing both knees.

  46. skins10httr says: Feb 24, 2013 11:13 PM

    At least he’s not out dancing topless and wrestling with dudes in Vegas like Gronk. Seriously, RG3 will be just fine because he has the intelligence, determination and mentality to deal with this injury. And he will do whatever humanly possible to overcome it. I would not bet against RG3. While it is still early to predict his return, just the fact that he’s had no set backs at this point and is ahead if schedule, makes me VERY happy.

  47. edavidberg says: Feb 24, 2013 11:14 PM

    Te Redskins have been ridiculous ever since Anyder took over. They are the only franchise in the league that would have had their future out there gimping around against Seattle risking further injury.

    And RGIII needs to learn there was nothing brave about playing hurt against Seattle, just stupid.

  48. raiderapologist says: Feb 24, 2013 11:28 PM

    tedstheman says: Feb 24, 2013 8:44 PM

    Dr. Andrews is full of it. Most of the league Dr. despise him. He has a full blown publicity machine that makes him look like the greatest orthopedic surgeon of all time. Of course he can say people like RGIII and latimore are ahead of schedule….but whose schedule? It’s ficticious! If RGIII plays week 1 or if Latimore plays week 1 they could end up like Jerry Rice and just get reinjured. No matter what the great Dr Andrews says, it’s still up to the ckubs medical staffs to clear the players and they won’t clear them until they are ready to play
    ————–
    Are you referring to Dr. James Andrews, Washington’s team doctor?

  49. beerndrums says: Feb 24, 2013 11:54 PM

    Adrian Peterson didn’t come back ‘naturally’
    You’re a fool if you don’t think he had any help

  50. elscorcho5000 says: Feb 25, 2013 12:40 AM

    Sure are a lot of jealous Redskins haters on this site. “And as usual the skins will be doormats in the east.” Oh really?! You mean like this past season? If you hate the team so much, why are you reading articles about them. Your jealous of what is to come of this team and all you can to is hate on any and every article about them. Its really pathetic.

  51. skinsdiehard says: Feb 25, 2013 1:00 AM

    Skins’ return to doormats of the east without RG3? Is that groundbreaking news?

    So would Colts without Manning. oh wait, that happened!
    So would Saints without Brees; Packers without Rodgers; Falcons without Ryan; Ravens without Flacco; Eagles without Vick (that happened too); Patriots without Brady and so on. Of course a team needs its stud QB. I guess this person just realized that after watching the Skins win a division after they found a good QB. Just face it. The Skins will be a playoff contending team with RG3. Just accept it and move on.

  52. justwannawinna says: Feb 25, 2013 4:05 AM

    Its funny to see people bashing Shanahans. They gave this guy a niche in the NFL via option read and Kyle made him look allot better with easy passes out of that formation.
    Funny how they turn into the bad guys when they want him to play when their job security counts on sucess of the team and to a certain extent RG3. Shouldnt it be vice versa considering they kept RG3 from being a bust?

  53. uangerme says: Feb 25, 2013 8:25 AM

    Please calm down about this. There is definitely no reason to talk about this except of course for the season ticket holders and TV networks trying to line up match-ups for next year.
    Anyway RG3 is young and driven, two very powerful allies for coming back from an injury. He may not return to his blistering speed, but luckily for the Skins he is smart and has a cannon arm with accuracy. Even if he doesn’t break off 70 yard runs he will still surely fire 75 yard bombs down field.
    Skins will be just fine, even if they have to start Cousins the first month of the season.

  54. pillowporkers says: Feb 25, 2013 9:50 AM

    I don’t know what’s more sad.

    A) Because AD did something freakish, RG3 and frankly everyone will now be held to his unrealistic standard, and your less of a man if you don’t do that.

    B) Anytime anybody does something in sports extraordinary, lazy unathletic bloggers that don’t workout and sit on websites all day claim they did steroids. Maybe AD just worked really hard/has great genes? Not every amazing feat in sports is due to roids, but that’s what we’ve come to now.

  55. manilarizzo says: Feb 25, 2013 10:29 AM

    I’m still 100% convinced that 90% of the people who call him a bust, call the shannys the devil, and call Snyder the worst owner in history, simply have it worse and dont have anything to be excited about on their own teama……Doormats? Did we not just win the NFC east with “no receivers” a rookie RB and half the D on IR???? Really?? Sure. We have been terribly mediocre for too many years but the times are changing and if you cant admit that, youre too much of a homer to provide Fair comment.

    It’s clear half the audience here isn’t pragmatic, let alone know what the word means,….. The others just think REDskins nation are represented by mayor LOGICALVOICESAYS when in reality we roll our eyes and give him a thumbs up for Entertainment value.

    Funny how little objectivity exists when discussing the REDskins.

  56. justinsgonnatuckyomama says: Feb 25, 2013 10:58 AM

    I’m a hardcore Giants fan, but the fact is that the media, and specifically this website, is the only place where this “subtle tension” is being felt. The media knows this is the big storyline of the offseason and it’s getting blown out of control, when in reality it’s very cut and dry.

    Griffin got hurt. He got surgery. Objectively he is recovering well. Andrews made optimistic statements about the Third’s recovery. He then made tempering statements to remind everyone that surgery recovery is a business of speculation. Adidas centered an advertising campaign around the ongoing Robert Griffin storyline. Griffin issued a statement reminding everyone that advertisements are designed to sell things, not predict the 2013 NFL season.

    Andrews did not flip-flop by first saying the “surgery went really well” and later saying “that doesn’t mean Griffin will be running a 4.19 forty in May; it just means the surgery went well.”

    When Griffin added his “asterisk” to the Adidas ad, he wasn’t informing the world that he was retiring from the NFL due to injury. He was reminding everyone that advertisements are fiction, as anybody who has opened a bottle of Red Stripe and not found themselves surrounded by hot girls at a Jamaican beach party knows very well.

    Basically, Griffin’s recovery will go as it goes; and anything said by Jason Cole, unnamed sources or this site’s writers should be taken as seriously as you take the ad for the shoe that will transform you into Cam Newton.

  57. commonsensedude says: Feb 25, 2013 11:49 AM

    He’ll only come back when he’s fully healthy. Even Mike Shanahan and Dan Snyder are smart enough to know that if they rush this guy back in and he gets hurt as a result of it, they’re going to need to run faster than RG3 ever did in order to get out of town before the fans revolt.

  58. justinsgonnatuckyomama says: Feb 25, 2013 11:55 AM

    tedstheman says: Feb 24, 2013 8:44 PM

    Dr. Andrews is full of it. Most of the league Dr. despise him. He has a full blown publicity machine that makes him look like the greatest orthopedic surgeon of all time. Of course he can say people like RGIII and latimore are ahead of schedule….but whose schedule? It’s ficticious! If RGIII plays week 1 or if Latimore plays week 1 they could end up like Jerry Rice and just get reinjured. No matter what the great Dr Andrews says, it’s still up to the ckubs medical staffs to clear the players and they won’t clear them until they are ready to play
    _________
    The fact is that Andrews is the greatest orthopedic surgeon of all time. Not only did he invent many of the techniques that are now used by orthopedic surgeons around the world, but his patients have always shown remarkable recovery time and lack of susceptibility to future injuries after working with Andrews as compared to other doctors. Look at Thomas Davis; compare Ricky Rubio to Derrick Rose and John Wall. How about Greg Oden– I’m a big fan, but he went to a surgeon not name Andrews, and now his career is probably over.

    And as to “Of course he can say people like RGIII and latimore are ahead of schedule…” he says they’re ahead of schedule because they are objectively ahead of schedule. Many so-called medical experts and “unnamed sources” predicted that Griffin and Lattimore wouldn’t be able to start rehab and physical training until Spring or early Summer, but both of them are already climbing stairs, doing swimming pool aerobics, and other advanced stages of physical therapy.

    You can talk all you want about how Griffin’s recovery is all BS or hearsay, but surgery recovery is a measurable, quantifiable statistic and pretending it isn’t won’t make your team better and it won’t make you look smarter.

    As I said above, I’m not a Redskins fan by any stretch of the imagination, it’s in New York’s best interest to keep him off the field for as long as possible, I’m just a realist.

  59. aprilwalker2013 says: Feb 25, 2013 2:20 PM

    Doormats in the east you say? WOW.. My sweatshirt says..”NFC EAST CHAMPIONS” you must not watch much football, or a Cowboy fan!

  60. aprilwalker2013 says: Feb 25, 2013 2:26 PM

    Oh you wish it was over for our Skins IMO.. But it’s only beginning!! Sorry your joy is only going to be during the offseason! So sad!!

  61. aprilwalker2013 says: Feb 25, 2013 2:30 PM

    Our hopes are just fine! He beat several teams on one leg! Or one knee as you love to point out! How did your QB do with 2??!! HTTR

  62. aprilwalker2013 says: Feb 25, 2013 2:33 PM

    Well said! I am very happy as well! Reading some of these comments makes me SMH! Our QB beat several teams with one leg! HTTR

  63. aprilwalker2013 says: Feb 25, 2013 2:37 PM

    I don’t think they would’ve been only team to have that happen. It was a playoff FOOTBALL game! Other teams wouldn’t have known how hurt their QB was in the same situation! Come On Man!

  64. aprilwalker2013 says: Feb 25, 2013 2:39 PM

    Agreed!! So much jealousy about the Skins!! Unreal!! HTTR

  65. aprilwalker2013 says: Feb 25, 2013 2:49 PM

    Well said NY fan! This was best comment on this article this Skin fan has read!! HTTR

  66. aprilwalker2013 says: Feb 25, 2013 2:49 PM

    Agreed! HTTR

  67. fckdaigglez says: Feb 25, 2013 6:18 PM

    Last year was there SB lmao, now back to the basement as usual!

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