The Washington Redskins won the NFC East in 2012, but were bounced early in the playoffs when star quarterback Robert Griffin III went down with a knee injury during the final game.
R.G. III was overused and mismanaged during the playoffs last season. Now, the Redskins are trying to rush him back so he can make plays on the field during the 2013 football season. They have embraced a practice known as “dry needling” that will supposedly speed up his recovery time.
Unfortunately, I think R.G. III will go down with another injury in 2013 if the team can’t learn how to manage him. His style of play is prone to injuries and the team has not made good decisions when it comes to sitting him or playing him.
He played through a number of injuries his rookie season and will continue to injure himself in the future if he can’t learn to avoid contact. It’s impressive that he wants to make plays for his team and stay in games even if hurt, but he needs to think about the longevity of his career.
What scares me is the way he is being rushed back from a pretty severe knee injury. There is no way he should be able to return in time for the start of the 2013 football season. Everyone seems to think just because Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson returned from a serious knee injury and had tremendous success his following season it will work for everyone.
It seems like any time a player goes through this process now he is compared to Adrian Peterson. Peterson’s situation was the exception. Don’t count on seeing stars bounce back from these types of injuries like Peterson did.
I would be surprised if R.G. III finishes the 2013 season without an injury of some sort.
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