It seems injured athletes are returning to action faster and faster all the time. First, Adrian Peterson came back from an ACL in nine months (absolutely unheard of). Then Ray Lewis came back from a torn triceps (what was supposed to be a season-ending injury) in less than three months. Now Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin is going to try to top all of that by coming back from an ACL tear in just eight months. However, the Redskins should advise their eager young star to take it slow and make sure he’s ready before coming back from this kind of injury.
The old saying goes “there are no old running quarterbacks in the NFL” and that will always be the case. Griffin needs to take his rehab at a healthy pace or he’ll be “old” well before his time. In just one year as a pro, he’s already suffered a concussion, a torn ACL and a ton of other big hits that left his ears ringing. That’s the life of a running quarterback and it will shorten his career greatly if he rushes back from this injury and then suffers a worse one because of it.
Fortunately for the Redskins, they don’t have to worry because they have arguably the best backup quarterback in the NFL in Kirk Cousins. Griffin missed one game last season and Cousins filled in brilliantly throwing for 329 yards and two scores while completing 70.3 percent of his passes and recording a 104.4 passer rating. It’s safe to say the Redskins would be perfectly fine through a few games without Griffin, especially with a 1,600-yard running back in Alfred Morris to keep the pressure off Cousins. Griffin should take it slow because his team is in a good place and all parties would benefit more from him being completely healthy and returning midseason than coming back at less than 100 percent on opening day.