by Chuck CarrollBy Chuck Carroll

LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Robert Griffin III says he has been cleared to practice by doctors as the Washington Redskins prepare to begin training camp this week.

The quarterback made the announcement Monday morning on Twitter and was retweeted nearly 5,000 times within a half hour.

Griffin will be eased back into practice by coaches when the Redskins open their new facility in Richmond.

An earlier report stated Griffin may open training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

In response to a tweet by a former Baylor teammate Griffin said, “You know me bro, I’m hungry.”

Griffin’s knee rehabilitation has been progressing at a blistering pace while the quarterback remained largely upbeat since undergoing surgery to repair his anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments suffered in the team’s playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Griffin initially injured the knee during the Redskins’ Week 14 overtime victory against the Baltimore Ravens last December.

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 and guide Washington to another win.

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.

Following the procedure, Griffin wasn’t naive about the road that lay ahead, having been through a similar rehabilitation process less than four years earlier while in college.

“I know what peaks and valleys there’s going to be, what milestones I need to hit and when I’m gonna hit them,” he said. “[That gives] me the confidence to know that I can come back better than I was before. I think you will see a different version of me. I vowed to my teammates and to myself after my first knee injury that I’d come back a better player, and that’s what I plan to do after this one, as well. You won’t see the the same Robert Griffin. You’ll see a better Robert Griffin.”

Washington opens training camp Thursday in Richmond with all eyes on a presumably new and improved franchise quarterback.


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