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Dr. James Andrews (finally) clams up on RGIII, sort of

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When it comes to Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews has shown something less than renowned P.R. skills.

And so, after saying a few things that haven’t helped the situation, Dr. Andrews has opted to say nothing about Griffin.

Andrews’ decision to clam up was on display during an appearance on 106.7 The Fan in D.C. to promote his new book.

Initially, Andrews was asked generally about the difference between being medically cleared and 100 percent.  Griffin’s name wasn’t specifically mentioned (it seems that one of the ground rules was that Griffin wouldn’t be specifically discussed), but Andrews sensed where it was going.

“Well, that’s a difficult question and it’s probably not fair to discuss that under the circumstances,” Andrews said, “but I can tell you that generally when you think an athlete’s ready to go back, he’s still got about two months to go through the psychological aspects of it and to get his mind cleared about what’s happened to him, and to be ready to really get back to his previous level.  So it’s not a clear line, a clear definition to be able to make those decisions.”

That’s an interesting observation, one that no one offered in the weeks preceding the start of the regular season, at which time everyone assumed that, once Griffin was cleared to play, he’d be the guy he was.  Someone, whether Andrews or coach Mike Shanahan, should have been getting that message out there, in order to properly manage fan expectations.

The conversation then became more specific.  And Andrews became much more guarded, refusing for example to talk about Shanahan.

“I can’t get into all that,” Andrews said.  “I’m sorta mum on that.  They don’t want me discussing that.  So I really don’t want to get into those type questions if I can help it.  I told them that I’m not there to grab any headlines or talk about this, that, and the other.  So I let the team do the talking, seriously.”

“Everybody wants to know, when’s he gonna be back to the guy that he was,” co-host Danny Rouhier eventually said, specifically mentioning Griffin.  “And this is his second major procedure he’s had.”

“Yeah,” Andrews said.  “I can’t answer that question. Y’all keep hitting me on that, but I’m not going to get into that subject. . . .  So don’t push that anymore,” Andrews said.  “Stop putting me on the spot. I’m not able to talk about that.  I’m not even able to talk about that from a general standpoint.”

Andrews shouldn’t have been surprised that he’d be asked about Griffin, given that he included a Washington radio station on his book tour.  The broader message is that someone within the Redskins organization finally has told Dr. Andrews to take some of that gauze he uses for surgery, and jam it into his mouth.

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38 Responses to “Dr. James Andrews (finally) clams up on RGIII, sort of”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Sep 26, 2013 8:42 PM

    So in other words, he’s anything but confirmed healthy and ready to engage in a dangerous activity?

  2. staffordsyear says: Sep 26, 2013 8:43 PM

    Im still shocked he played in that playoff game against the seahawks last year, TERRIBLE idea shanahan,you probly ended this kids career before it even got any traction.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 26, 2013 8:55 PM

    “O.K., so my hat looks ridiculous. At least I’m not wearing freaking Teletubby socks.”.

  4. favrewillreturn says: Sep 26, 2013 8:56 PM

    2nd coming of Michael Vick.

  5. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 26, 2013 8:59 PM

    “I’ma get a second opinion on my knee if you don’t get a second opinion on your wardrobe, James. Mixing stripes and spots is bad enough, but then you throw in checks….”.

  6. thermanmerman99 says: Sep 26, 2013 9:01 PM

    more and more excuses for BOB , the clown show continues. BOB 0 and 3 will end up being a poor man’s version of vince young, who was equally hyped up as much as BOB was. everybody remember the “experts” telling us how houston would regret not drafting hometown hero vince young for the next 15 years , playing against houston twice a year? how they already crowned him after he ran for that winning touchdown against houston while with tennessee? never ceases to amaze me.

  7. thirdistheworrd says: Sep 26, 2013 9:02 PM

    staffordsyear says: Sep 26, 2013 8:43 PM

    Im still shocked he played in that playoff game against the seahawks last year, TERRIBLE idea shanahan,you probly ended this kids career before it even got any traction.
    ___________
    Can’t believe nobody’s ever thought about it that way before

  8. cmm10304 says: Sep 26, 2013 9:02 PM

    You are a real idiot staffordsyear, “ended this kids career” are you kidding me? Have you heard of modern medicine and science, it’s not the 1980’s. Griffin will be back to normal at some point this season and will be back in a major way. Each week he improves, he’s the real deal. We’ll see who gets a Super Bowl first, Griffin or Stafford. The Redskins get 18 million is cap back next year, look out.

  9. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 26, 2013 9:03 PM

    Now they are finally admitting that he had no business playing until November, but Snyder (gate, concessions, merch) and Shanahan (his JOB) were perfectly fine with Andrews’ babble all offseason?

  10. thestrategyexpert says: Sep 26, 2013 9:03 PM

    I sure hope given the lack of clarity of his condition that the R’s accurately list him as “Out” status on their next injury report. Otherwise that sounds like a strong case for a reporting violation. Did the oddsmakers adjust the spread yet now knowing he’s probably slated not to play?

  11. calizcowboyz says: Sep 26, 2013 9:12 PM

    sooo the 0-3 and the famous knee is in the news yet again! omg this is just wayyyy to much!
    deadskins = train wreck! give me jerry any day over this locker room killer! at least our players ball and are professionals what the heck is that locker room going through. ? players turning on one another and the coaches as well.
    jerry = public genius. he may be an easy target but he is an easy target with a FIRST place team!
    rgKnee = done! sucs to be a skins fan! LMAO!

  12. thirdistheworrd says: Sep 26, 2013 9:20 PM

    When Griffin speaks, he talks too much and should shut up.
    When Shanahan speaks, he’s a senile old blowhard and should shut up.
    When Andrews speaks, he has no idea what he’s talking about and should shut up.
    When Andrews doesn’t speak, he (finally) clams up, and is being forced into silence by the Redskins organization.

    Whether you love Griffin or hate Griffin, love the Redskins, or hate the Redskins, you gotta admit that the media has no one’s back but it’s own.

    (Have no one’s back but their own– grammar bites)

  13. kev86 says: Sep 26, 2013 9:28 PM

    What a scam. Disgusting and fitting that it’s the Redskins.

  14. cbalboavt says: Sep 26, 2013 9:35 PM

    Don’t doubt the mental aspect he mentioned, especially with knees. As a former wrestler who’s seen his share of injuries (both myself and others), it’s not uncommon to have to regain that former faith in your body.

  15. peytonsneck18 says: Sep 26, 2013 9:37 PM

    IRehabG3yearsinarowsoon

  16. nextmanup81 says: Sep 26, 2013 9:47 PM

    It’s pretty common knowledge that the last phase of rehab requires the athlete to get out there and play so they can clear the psychological hurdles, without that they can’t get back to 100%. It’s one of the reasons Bulls fans were frustrated with Derek Rose last year – he kept saying he wasn’t mentally ready. The only way to get mentally ready is to go out and play.

  17. obxfannings says: Sep 26, 2013 9:50 PM

    It’s interesting that the person MOST responsible for Griffin’s injury is the person least criticized. That person is Robert himself. Had he not played in the Seattle game, he would have been all over the media screaming Bloody Murder. Don’t forget, he was all over the media for getting pulled from the Cleveland game because of the knee injury in the Ravens game – a knee injury he incurred trying to get a few more yards. He was in full agreement and forcing the issue to play against Seattle as he was “All In For Game One” this season. How about blaming Robert and Adidas for putting forth that campaign?
    I am a huge RG3 fan, freaking love the man and the Redskins but blaming Shanahan and his SURGEON for every damn problem Robert faces is just blind faith in Robert as Our Savior. Robert’s future depends mostly on Robert’s growth as a QB and his ability to save himself. If he chooses to gamble and throw his body in to the gore that is the NFL for a few extra yards, then the fault is his, not the Coach’s and certainly not his surgeon.

  18. obxfannings says: Sep 26, 2013 9:56 PM

    BTW, Dr. Andrews is still the most sought after orthopedic surgeon in this country and the post RG3 media flak has not slowed down the sports world beating a path to his clinic to repair their properties. He really does not need the Redskins’ money. Business is really good – the sports pages confirm this with every injury. No one complained about his work on Adrian Peterson, did they?

  19. beerndrums says: Sep 26, 2013 10:10 PM

    RG3 is a one hit wonder
    Twenty years from now you can flashback to that one season….hell….if you are a ‘soon to be parent’ there’s no shame in naming the kid RG3too

  20. zeeman911 says: Sep 26, 2013 10:14 PM

    To bad your whole team is ONE GUY, maybe a little more talent would help…

  21. orivar says: Sep 26, 2013 10:15 PM

    Remember when a certain Eagles QB said that Robert Griffin III and Shanahan/Redskins weren’t going to be a good mix and everybody was like, “Lol Bitter!!”

    Welp a season and two knee surgeries later, it looks like that statement was true as his career seems like it’s already in jeopardy.

    Also remember when that same QB who had had his season end early two years in a row and has had numerous injuries including an acl, wanted to talk to Robert Griffin III but he was like, “Lol no, I don’t think we should speak!” Welp he’s learning the recovery process the very hard way and nothing is going his way which shows in his interviews.

    ‘Stupid sliding fumble rule’

  22. anarchopurplism says: Sep 26, 2013 10:27 PM

    Surgeon doing radio. Cmon

  23. latenightroach says: Sep 26, 2013 10:47 PM

    When RGIII can wear not one but TWO knee braces year after year, get knee scopes after every season throughout his entire career, shatter NFL passing records while hobbling around like Dan Marino did back in the 80’s and last for 17 seasons, THEN start the presses & wake me up from my lengthy nap.

    Until then, there’s no news at all about Robert worth mentioning — He has accomplished absolutely nothing with the exception of being a magnet for hype.

  24. dstep24 says: Sep 26, 2013 10:57 PM

    Newsflash…

    Very few people care about this clown and his 0-3 QB anymore. The ship has sailed.

    Let’s all please wave goodbye.

    RG’s best year is already behind him.

    Farewell, overrated one.

  25. doggeatdogg says: Sep 26, 2013 11:31 PM

    Why is Andrews on the Redskins side line like he is a staffer. Is he working for them exclusively. It’s like he is nursing that knee personally because he doesn’t think proper healing is happening. This hemming and hawing about that knee can’t be a good thing. That knee is not ready and he needs to tell RGIII and the Redskins to shut it down for the season. Is RG getting a second opinion from another orthopedic surgeon???

  26. justintuckrule says: Sep 26, 2013 11:59 PM

    If I were griffin, I would have pulled an elway/Eli before the draft. No way would I have gone to that career killing franchise.

  27. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 27, 2013 12:08 AM

    “I just hope Goodell don’t see you in that, James, he gonna fine your ass for bringing official NFL gear into disrepute…..”.

  28. skinsfan91 says: Sep 27, 2013 9:42 AM

    As a matter of fact, yes, Andrews is on the Redskins payroll.

  29. getalifelouza says: Sep 27, 2013 11:15 AM

    If you think Andrews works for the Redskins exclusively than you have never read a sports page or turned on ESPN. Players seek him out from EVERYWHERE. He is not standing on the sidelines in that goofy hat because he needs the money. He is there for the players. And not everyone will recover as quickly as Adrian Peterson.

  30. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 27, 2013 1:39 PM

    calizcowboyz says: Sep 26, 2013 9:12 PM

    sooo the 0-3 and the famous knee is in the news yet again! omg this is just wayyyy to much!
    deadskins = train wreck! give me jerry any day over this locker room killer! at least our players ball and are professionals what the heck is that locker room going through. ? players turning on one another and the coaches as well.
    jerry = public genius. he may be an easy target but he is an easy target with a FIRST place team!
    rgKnee = done! sucs to be a skins fan! LMAO!
    ————-

    The division is the worst its been since the early 70s (and just like then, Cowboys fans are crowing, what a surprise), and you are in “first place” by DEFAULT, and you’re talking like you’re good?

  31. eriewarrior19 says: Sep 27, 2013 1:53 PM

    This kid is a bust. Who gives up 3 first round picks and a 2 for a guy that’s going to end up in a wheelchair? The skins!

  32. annapterp says: Sep 27, 2013 2:16 PM

    Andrews doesn’t have to talk, Bobby Griffin will continue to do that even as the losses continue. All hype and no substance to date.

  33. davereckon says: Sep 27, 2013 3:46 PM

    getalifelouza says:
    Sep 27, 2013 11:15 AM
    If you think Andrews works for the Redskins exclusively than you have never read a sports page or turned on ESPN. Players seek him out from EVERYWHERE. He is not standing on the sidelines in that goofy hat because he needs the money. He is there for the players. And not everyone will recover as quickly as Adrian Peterson.

    ____________________________________

    Look before you leap. His is the team doctor. Every team has one, and they are present on game days.

    Funny thing, I got that information from the newspaper……and ESPN……..and the internet……..and pretty much everywhere that covers sports.

  34. thirdistheworrd says: Sep 27, 2013 11:44 PM

    orivar says: Sep 26, 2013 10:15 PM

    Remember when a certain Eagles QB said that Robert Griffin III and Shanahan/Redskins weren’t going to be a good mix and everybody was like, “Lol Bitter!!”
    ‘Stupid sliding fumble rule’
    ____________
    Remember that time that Shanahan’s coaching scheme helped Griffin put together one of the best rookie seasons of all time? Or that time Griffin and Shanahan overcame playing alongside one of the worst defenses in the league and went from worst to first in their division?

    More importantly, remember that time Adrian Peterson didn’t rush for 100 yards until week six, but then everyone pronounced Griffin’s career over after his first drive in week one?

    And are we still talking about the ‘stupid rule’? Seriously? Have you never been pulled over for driving 60 in a 50 and thought to yourself “why is this a 50? that’s so stupid.”? Because you have.

    I have, everyone has. Calling a rule “stupid” doesn’t mean that you’re above the law, that the cop is wrong, or that you weren’t actually speeding. It just means you’re frustrated and upset about what happened. It’s human nature.

    Besides, everyone was furious when Andrews called Griffin’s recovery “superhuman”, yet when a 23 year old kid speaks, he shouldn’t be a human being, he should be some kind of personality-free “superhuman”– above the “stupid” laws of human nature, forbidden to speak the way normal people speak?

    Everyone complains about the “No Fun League” but as soon as a player acts like a real person and jokes around a little, he is suddenly not much better than Aaron Hernandez. You’re more than welcome to go watch cricket, or some sport where the athletes all act like vapid, boring history professors. But me, I’m more than happy with the world of Barkleys and Magics; Allens and Peytons; Griffins and Fosters– players I, as a human being, can relate to.

    Now before you thumbs down me, really think about what I said. Whether you hate Griffin or love Griffin, I think this is a fairly objective analysis of Griffin and the Redskins’ public perception on and off the field.

  35. thirdistheworrd says: Sep 27, 2013 11:54 PM

    nextmanup81 says: Sep 26, 2013 9:47 PM

    It’s pretty common knowledge that the last phase of rehab requires the athlete to get out there and play so they can clear the psychological hurdles, without that they can’t get back to 100%. It’s one of the reasons Bulls fans were frustrated with Derek Rose last year – he kept saying he wasn’t mentally ready. The only way to get mentally ready is to go out and play.
    _____________
    AP said the exact same thing. Peterson is already one the GOAT, but he didn’t rush for 100 yards until week 6 of his unbelievable comeback year. The way he described it is that it’s psychological in the sense of brain-body connection, not like lying on a couch talking about your mother.

    When they say knee reconstruction, they mean “reconstruction”. They’re literally playing on “new” knees, and it takes a little while to get used to them and get back up to speed (figuratively and literally). Until week six, none of this is news, and none of it means anything, just the media making its money (and you really can’t blame them for that, this is what they do).

  36. Mr. Wright 212 says: Sep 28, 2013 12:06 PM

    thirdistheworrd says: Sep 27, 2013 11:44 PM

    orivar says: Sep 26, 2013 10:15 PM

    Remember when a certain Eagles QB said that Robert Griffin III and Shanahan/Redskins weren’t going to be a good mix and everybody was like, “Lol Bitter!!”
    ‘Stupid sliding fumble rule’
    ____________
    Remember that time that Shanahan’s coaching scheme helped Griffin put together one of the best rookie seasons of all time? Or that time Griffin and Shanahan overcame playing alongside one of the worst defenses in the league and went from worst to first in their division?

    More importantly, remember that time Adrian Peterson didn’t rush for 100 yards until week six, but then everyone pronounced Griffin’s career over after his first drive in week one?

    And are we still talking about the ‘stupid rule’? Seriously? Have you never been pulled over for driving 60 in a 50 and thought to yourself “why is this a 50? that’s so stupid.”? Because you have.

    I have, everyone has. Calling a rule “stupid” doesn’t mean that you’re above the law, that the cop is wrong, or that you weren’t actually speeding. It just means you’re frustrated and upset about what happened. It’s human nature.

    Besides, everyone was furious when Andrews called Griffin’s recovery “superhuman”, yet when a 23 year old kid speaks, he shouldn’t be a human being, he should be some kind of personality-free “superhuman”– above the “stupid” laws of human nature, forbidden to speak the way normal people speak?

    Everyone complains about the “No Fun League” but as soon as a player acts like a real person and jokes around a little, he is suddenly not much better than Aaron Hernandez. You’re more than welcome to go watch cricket, or some sport where the athletes all act like vapid, boring history professors. But me, I’m more than happy with the world of Barkleys and Magics; Allens and Peytons; Griffins and Fosters– players I, as a human being, can relate to.

    Now before you thumbs down me, really think about what I said. Whether you hate Griffin or love Griffin, I think this is a fairly objective analysis of Griffin and the Redskins’ public perception on and off the field.
    —————–
    Remember when that gimmicky scheme got him hurt, which he is still trying to recover from today? You could have saved that novel because the previous poster was dead on.

    And stop giving yourself thumbs up.

  37. robman91 says: Sep 28, 2013 5:23 PM

    “Remember when that gimmicky scheme got him hurt, which he is still trying to recover from today? You could have saved that novel because the previous poster was dead on.

    And stop giving yourself thumbs up.”

    Griffin was NOT hurt running the read option. He was hurt while scrambling. thirdistheworrd is 100% correct on everything he said.

  38. burgundyandbold44 says: Sep 29, 2013 1:18 PM

    RG3 is going to be just fine! Jesus this guy had major knee surgery and everybody expects him to come back and be just as good if not better! Which he did some what put that on his self after the whole offseason fiasco. But think about it he is a very confident, proud competitor so of course he’s going to say that he wants to play and that he feels like he would be ready to go for the season opener because he wants to be out there for the team and his self (i do think he loves him some rg3 but shoot I would too if i was him). Not everybody is AP and it even took him 6 or 7 weeks to be back to top form. Give it time guys lets not jump to the overated/bust comments till this guy is in his 3rd or 4th year. In which he will be tearing the NFL a new one so there wont be those talks. HTTR!!

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