Like many Redskins fans, I'm a wee bit nervous RGIII will push himself too hard in rehab. I don't take it as far as the Gilbert Arenas comparisons; however; at Baylor, he didn't take himself out of the game for multiple drives after tearing his ACL, and we all know what happened in the Seahawks game. So, why should rehab be any different with the hard deadline of a week one start?
Dan Steinberg transcribed an interview Robert Griffin III had with Larry Michael on the subject:
"My dad told me I'm already far ahead [of schedule], so if I feel something in my knee, just stop," Griffin continued. "It's just about being ready for Week 1. And going back to the criticism, a lot of people criticize; some of them actually DO care about my health. And that's something that I took pride in after I had the concussion at Atlanta and a few other injuries. So I'll do my part to make sure that I stay healthy and keep myself out of harm's way while at the same time making sure the coaches do the same."
This is great news, but will he be singing the same tune when he watches Kirk Cousins taking all the key snaps during OTAs and training camp? Or if he's not "far ahead of schedule anymore?" Surely not. This is where Mike Shanahan will earn his paycheck most.
I had a daunting two month rehab after breaking two bones in my foot. It killed me not to be able to run a mile like I used to. When my foot was getting better, I finally started running and when I got to 0.90 miles on the treadmill, I started feeling some pain. It was a tough decision because I wanted so badly just to get to that 1.00 mile marker. I limped it through and made it, but then again I'm not a NFL player or even anything.
One thing I do know, it is going to be a very different feeling every time we watch RGIII run with the ball now. (wince, hold breath, whew).
Our reaction when he stays down that extra second before popping back up:
Actually, it'll probably me more like this...