The Washington Redskins ran 7-on-7 drills in training camp this week where all eyes were fixated on the right knee of second-year quarterback Robert Griffin III. Last season as a rookie, Griffin tore his ACL against the Seattle Seahawks in the Wildcard round of last season’s playoffs.
The Redskins’ quarterback has not participated in 11-on-11 drills in practice yet. Griffin told reporters on Monday that there was no pain he was experiencing, though he has decided to wear a brace for the entire 2013 season as a precaution.
It appears that the Redskins are taking no chances with Griffin in practice so far, and it’s likely that his participation in preseason games will be limited as well. Griffin has already dubbed his new recovery as ‘Operation Patience’, as he has been a figure on the sideline during the full team practices and running of plays.
If Washington is going to make another run at the NFC East division and the playoffs, they will need Griffin on the field. He showed what he can bring to the table when healthy and there is little doubt that his health is a top priority as training camp moves forward.
This was not the first ACL injury Griffin has suffered – the first came back in 2009 while at Baylor. Of course, two years Griffin won the 2011 Heisman Trophy so he’s proven to be able to bounce back and play at a high level.