Reporting Chuck Carroll
LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Get used to seeing a bulk brace surround Robert Griffin III’s knee.
The Washington Redskins quarterback confirmed Monday that he would wear the brace for the duration of the season as he continues to strengthen a twice surgically repaired knee.
“I don’t know if I’ll wear it forever. I know I’ll wear it the rest of the season,” Griffin said during a Monday press conference at the team’s training camp facility in Richmond.
The 23-year-old has been wearing the device throughout the rehabilitation process and says the experience has been similar to one that followed his first ACL tear while at Baylor University.
He assumed at that time he would be forced to wear a brace for the remainder of his career.
The following season, Griffin had a change of heart and felt his knee was strong enough to remove it. He went on to win the Heisman Trophy, catapulting him to the second overall pick in the NFL draft.
“I don’t plan on wearing it past this season, but that all depends on what happens,” said Griffin.
Griffin says although the brace is restrictive, he is not overly concerned that it will inhibit his mobility.
“Last year, it was a concern because I didn’t play with a brace or have to rehab with a brace all year,” he said. “So when you put it on, it does kind of restrict you a little bit more because you’re not used to it.”
“Your leg gets stronger and you can carry that extra weight,” he said.