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Griffin is “rejuvenated” after bye, but how’s his knee?

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The Redskins return to action on Sunday night (on NBC) after having a Week Five bye.  Quarterback Robert Griffin III said this week that he’ll feeling rejuvenated.

The concern will continue to focus on his knee that was reconstructed.

The team’s P.R. foibles this year weren’t confined to the question of whether its name should change.  With all the talk about whether Griffin would be ready to play in Week One, no one bothered to temper expectations about how he’d play.

“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,” Dr. James Andrews said after the Redskins got off to a rough start amid Griffin playing like anyone but RGIII.

His running has at times been sluggish, with Griffin displaying no burst and struggling to get away from linemen and linebackers.  Some have suggested that, with time, Griffin will be more like he was last year, pointing to Adrian Peterson’s slow start (relatively speaking) in 2012, less than nine months after his own ACL tear.

“We’ve just got to get back to doing us, and that’s kind of the approach I took as well during the bye. Just relax my mind and get back to being myself,” Griffin said.

He’ll be back to being himself when his knee is back to being what it was.  Based on the first four games of the 2013 season, it’s not.  And so he’s not.

If it continues in Week Six, it will start to become glaring — especially since the last time Griffin played in Dallas, he torched the Cowboys on Thanksgiving.

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29 Responses to “Griffin is “rejuvenated” after bye, but how’s his knee?”
  1. assuredmutualdestruction says: Oct 12, 2013 3:05 PM

    Redskins “torching” Cowboys on Thanksgiving? Nice imagery there.

  2. jnks10 says: Oct 12, 2013 3:05 PM

    I wonder if this means we will get another my knees not not 100% press conference from him.

  3. thepftpoet says: Oct 12, 2013 3:06 PM

    RG3 & Colin Kaepernick as emerged as the Over-rated dud young mobile QB class..

    Andrew Luck & Russell Wilson are the real deals…

  4. coachjohnharbaugh says: Oct 12, 2013 3:08 PM

    LOL i could flick this guy & he’d fall over

    #irrelevance #laughingstock #deadskins #RAVENSweartheringsinmaryland

  5. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 12, 2013 3:08 PM

    What can you say about RGIII’s knee that hasn’t already been said.

  6. gmsingh123 says: Oct 12, 2013 3:12 PM

    Dejuvenated.

  7. wearethesteelers says: Oct 12, 2013 3:15 PM

    We win Super Bowls. Try it.

  8. larrydavid7000 says: Oct 12, 2013 3:29 PM

    Ok The Redskins spotted their division and the NFL 3 games get over it people. Now its time to go to work and take.this league by storm starting this Sunday Night. To all you fools its not about RGIII.That’s the Stupid Media that plants that crap into your simple minds. This is a Team on a Mission this year just sit back and watch greatness happen.

  9. therealraider says: Oct 12, 2013 3:35 PM

    I’ve been biting my tongue err refraining my fingers from commenting on this topic every time it comes up.. However, Its clear that RG3 as we knew him is gone. Hopefully Robert Griffin can re-style his play and regain relevancy.

  10. doctorrustbelt says: Oct 12, 2013 3:43 PM

    Injured Robert Griffin III :

    6 td — 4 int — 85 QB rating

    “ELITE” Joe Flacco:

    5 td — 8 int — 70 QB rating

  11. skinsfan91 says: Oct 12, 2013 3:47 PM

    It may take this entire season for the old RGIII to come back. He’ll become a better passer in the meantime. Sometimes by the comments on here you’d think RGIII is the only QB that has struggled. When in fact he’s actually playing really well considering his circumstances.

  12. crazemastercraze says: Oct 12, 2013 3:53 PM

    WearetheSteelers: “We”? Hahaha, where did “you” win a Super Bowl, from your couch while eating corn dogs and pizza?

  13. 4thqtrsaint says: Oct 12, 2013 3:58 PM

    What does “get back to doing us” mean?

  14. wearethesteelers says: Oct 12, 2013 4:00 PM

    crazemastercraze says:
    Oct 12, 2013 3:53 PM
    WearetheSteelers: “We”? Hahaha, where did “you” win a Super Bowl, from your couch while eating corn dogs and pizza?
    ________________________

    We = Steeler Nation. One for all, all for one (like the Three Musketeers)

  15. ahmiller21 says: Oct 12, 2013 4:00 PM

    I love the selective memories that everyone has concerning players, especially QBs after major injuries. These same crap stories were written for Brady, Manning, Peterson and maybe you remember McNabbs ACL injury years ago? Every story, “he just doesn’t look the same”, “he will never be what he was”, etcetera! Well Brady turned out ok, Peterson turned out ok, I’m pretty sure Manning looks ok and McNabb actually became a BETTER QB after his injury, staying in the pocket and not running unless he had to. Shut up already, he is FOUR games in from a major knee injury, it gonna take time people!!! Learn the game idiots.

  16. dcapettini says: Oct 12, 2013 4:25 PM

    Wearethesteelers: You used the wrong tense. It is not “we win” but “we won”.

    As for you, unless your name is Rooney, there is no “we”, except perhaps for the last two where I understand you sold peanuts in the stands. Only people named Rooney were around for the other 4.

  17. kokomike says: Oct 12, 2013 4:32 PM

    “Doing us” in the Rap world means not trying to do what other people do. Rather, focusing on what you are doing. It is slang, soon to be outlawed as offensive.

  18. shaundolphinsfan23 says: Oct 12, 2013 4:33 PM

    I would never, if I were the GM of an NFL team, build my franchise around one of these ultra athletic, splash play quarterbacks. They can be very fun to watch, but they’re hurt way too often and never can seem to find the proper balance between running and passing. Also, because of their injuries, their gap for Superbowl success is shrunk. I’d give RG3 until he’s 30 – 32 years old to win a Superbowl. That’s assuming he doesn’t get seriously injured again. The traditional drop back passer will never be overtaken in the NFL, and if it were to happen, then we’d have quite a few #2 QBs starting around the league.

  19. doubleogator says: Oct 12, 2013 4:40 PM

    Winner of the Eddie Murphy look alike contest…

  20. cuda1234 says: Oct 12, 2013 5:34 PM

    THIS should be his season debut. If they gave him the first four games to get healthy he’d be better off in the long run and the team would probably have the same record they do now.

    Of course, if Cousins or Grossman had lit it up, the media would have to tear them down to get their favorite qb back in the lineup.

  21. cuda1234 says: Oct 12, 2013 5:36 PM

    Thanks for finally running a Redskins story that doesn’t attack the franchise and call them spew hate at them.

  22. crazemastercraze says: Oct 12, 2013 5:41 PM

    Cause you put in all the hard work at training camp, play book meetings, preseason, etc. your a spectator, thee end. The only effort you put into “steelers nation” is by putting the game reminder on your cable box and moving your thumb to the volume button. Sorry to break the illusion….

  23. skinsfan91 says: Oct 12, 2013 5:54 PM

    I don’t mind the “we” stuff to an extent because without the fans the league doesn’t exist. But when you say “WE win super bowls what do you do?” That’s taking it too far. Limit it to “we need a new qb” or “Our qb sucks.” Things like that. We need to crack another beer and yell at our TV.

  24. bluebongzilla says: Oct 12, 2013 8:17 PM

    Injured Robert Griffin III :

    6 td — 4 int — 85 QB rating

    “ELITE” Joe Flacco:

    5 td — 8 int — 70 QB rating

    “Third rate” “below average” undrafted Tony Romo – 13 TDs – 2 INTs – 114.3 QB rating

  25. bluebongzilla says: Oct 12, 2013 8:34 PM

    When the Steelers score a TD in their stadium, does a giant ketchup bottle still simulate pouring thousands of gallons of ketchup onto Steelers fans?

    ha ha ha ha

  26. obmig says: Oct 12, 2013 10:55 PM

    Is it me or does it actually look like he’s making physical strides at this point? First 2 games he had happy feet and wouldn’t plant. Last 2 he looked healthy and rusty to me. I’m expecting gradual improvement, because that’s exactly what you see most of the time with injuries like this.

  27. zygizag says: Oct 12, 2013 11:12 PM

    AP comeback was unbelievable and very few if any people are going to do that.

    I think it is unfair to compare his injury recovery to AP’s.

    If his takes a bit longer than AP’s that just means he is a great healer and not Superman

  28. thirdistheworrd says: Oct 13, 2013 3:07 PM

    therealraider says: Oct 12, 2013 3:35 PM

    I’ve been biting my tongue err refraining my fingers from commenting on this topic every time it comes up.. However, Its clear that RG3 as we knew him is gone. Hopefully Robert Griffin can re-style his play and regain relevancy.
    ___________
    After six games, AP had not rushed for 100 yards through four quarters in 2012. It was very clear that AP as we knew him was and is gone. We’ll just have to wonder if Adrian Peterson will ever make an impact on the NFL again.

    His god-awful performance last season proved once and for all that if a player isn’t playing the best football of their career in the first six games following a complete knee reconstruction they will never, ever be a relevant player again.

  29. ydousuk says: Oct 14, 2013 3:20 PM

    larrydavid7000 says: Oct 12, 2013 3:29 PM

    Ok The Redskins spotted their division and the NFL 3 games get over it people. Now its time to go to work and take.this league by storm starting this Sunday Night. To all you fools its not about RGIII.That’s the Stupid Media that plants that crap into your simple minds. This is a Team on a Mission this year just sit back and watch greatness happen.
    —————————————————————-

    So, how is that mission working out for you larry?

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