LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — As the offseason progressed and reports of Robert Griffin III’s “superhuman” recovery from knee surgery surfaced, a cautious optimism began to surround the Washington Redskins.
Now, with training camp just days away, Griffin has been cleared to practice and it appears a forgone conclusion he will be under center for the season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles, barring any setbacks.
This comes as no surprise to defensive end Adam Carriker who spent countless hours in the training room with Griffin while rehabilitating a knee injury of his own.
“I’m not surprised he’s cleared to practice,” Carriker told me this week on our radio show “4th & Pain.” “I’m also not surprised they’re going to ease him in… I would have been surprised, seeing what I saw, had we got to this point and he wasn’t cleared to practice.”
It remains to be seen how active the quarterback will be when the Redskins open camp Thursday in Richmond. There are reports Griffin will not play in any preseason games.
Without head-to-head competition, the Redskins’ biggest threat to Griffin’s health could be Griffin himself. Having been sidelined since January, sitting out all offseason workouts, there is concern he will want to do too much too fast and risk derailing his recovery.
That concern is valid and all too real for Carriker who has been absent from the field since suffering a torn quadriceps tendon early last season.
“I know whenever I have that first practice, I’m going to go balls to the wall, whether I’m thinking about it or not, because I’ve been waiting so long,” he said. “It’s only natural for Robert to want to do the same thing to show that he’s healthy.”
This is exactly where patience and throttled enthusiasm will be critical.
“It’s going to be up to him and everyone else involved to kind of be smart, kind of do the right thing, which I have no doubt they will,” Carriker said.
About 4th & Pain
Washington Redskins defensive end Adam Carriker teams with Chuck Carroll to host 4th & Pain — the only football and pro wrestling show hosted by a NFL player and a former wrestling announcer turned weight loss champion.
The show airs Sunday at 8 a.m. on 106.7 The Fan.