Robert Griffin III’s father, Robert Griffin, Jr., told the Washington Post’s Dan Sheinin on Monday that his son has been running in the pool and on a treadmill as part of his rehabilitation, and is expected to be cleared to run on a field within the next week.
Griffin tore his ACL on Jan. 6 during the Washington Redskins’ playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. In other words, Griffin could begin running on a playing surface within 90 days of his injury.
We already knew Griffin was “ahead of schedule” according to Coach Mike Shanahan and Dr. James Andrews, but never the specifics of what he had been doing. Griffin has stated that he is not going to rush his recovery and risk long-term damage to his career, and the incredible progress he's made so far doesn't negate that statement. Shanahan echoed Griffin's sentiments by saying he won’t return until he is 100 percent.
There’s still a long way to go before Griffin is at that point, and while no one wants to see him rushed back too soon, barring a setback, this is an encouraging sign that he could be ready to take the field sooner than anticipated.