LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Robert Griffin III is a competitor, but he’s not stupid.
The heralded quarterback of the Washington Redskins says he will not put his career at risk just to be under center for the season opener.
“Feel like I need to say this..Although my goal is to start Week 1, that doesn’t mean I will compromise my career to do so,” Griffin tweeted.
“Starting Week 1 will be the result of healing, hard work, dedication (and) God’s anointing. No rush, just determination.”
Redskins general manager Bruce Allen recently said Griffin was making good progress in his recovery, but opted not to put a specific timetable on the his return.
“I know Dr. [James] Andrews was hopeful after the surgery,” Allen said this week in Richmond. “We’ll see how he progresses. This will be an ongoing thing throughout the summer.”
Allen also offered that Griffin was on schedule, or a little ahead, with his rehab.
Griffin has been largely upbeat since undergoing surgery to repair damage done to his anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments in his knee shortly after the team’s playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Griffin initially injured the knee during the Redskins’ overtime victory on Dec. 9 against the Baltimore Ravens.
The following week, Kirk Cousins started in place of the ailing Heisman Trophy winner, leading Washington to a 38-21 road victory over the Cleveland Browns.
Griffin returned with a bulky knee brace in time to start a Week 16 tilt against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Although he appeared to be slower in spots, the Redskins’ sixth and seventh consecutive wins put injury concerns on the back burner while the team captured their first division title since 1999. At times some inside Redskins Park were even saying Griffin could play without the brace.
The health concerns came roaring back the morning of the Seahawks game as a report surfaced that Dr. Andrews had never given clearance for Griffin to return to the Baltimore game after initially injuring the knee.
Perhaps prophetic, a similar act would play itself just out hours later — this time with near disastrous results.