RG3 injury: Robert Griffin III 'way ahead of schedule' after surgery, doctor says
Robert Griffin III's recovery from surgery to repair his torn anterior cruciate ligament is "way ahead of schedule," his doctor told NFL Network on Friday.
In an interview with the NFL Network's Ian Rapoport at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Dr. James Andrews said that they've got the Washington Redskins quarterback "well on his way" to being at full strength.
"He's an unbelievable athlete (and) we don't have to do much but try to hold him back," Andrews said.
Griffin tore his ACL during the Redskins' 24-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in an NFC Wild Card game this past January. It was the second time in his college and professional career that he tore the same ligament.
Andrews cautioned in the interview that there's no certainty that RG3 would be ready for Week 1 of the 2013 NFL season and reiterated that his recovery time isn't necessarily normal.
"Our whole mode for him is to do what's best for his career, not necessarily what's best for the first game next season," Andrews said.
A row erupted in the wake of Griffin's injury and subsequent playoff loss over who cleared the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year to play after injuring his knee, with Andrews refuting reports that he had made the final call on the quarterback's readiness for game action.
"(Griffin) didn't even let us look at him," Andrews told USA Today. "He came off the field, walked through the sidelines, circled back through the players and took off back to the field. It wasn't our opinion."