When professional athletes get injured, half the battle of getting back on the field, is mental. Being cleared to play, and being ready to play, are two completely different things. In some cases the athletes feel they need more time, and other times, they try to rush back. Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is trying to find the middle ground between those two extremes, and he recently commented on his knee injury and the subsequent rehab.
“It’s always going to be tough, but it’s like Coach says, ‘You get the mental reps. You do what you have to do, you do what you can do,’ and that’s my goal, to do what I can do. You always want people holding you back. You don’t ever want to have people pushing you forward, and that’s what they’re doing right now. They’re holding me back from doing certain things because I feel like I’m ready, my body might look like I’m ready, but according to the time table, I’m not ready. So, I just keep pushing forward, keep pushing forward in what I can do, while at the same time, allow them to make me be patient.”
He also added that he’s over speculating on who’s responsible for his knee injury, and acknowledged that everyone involved, has some fault for what happened. He’s absolutely correct in saying this, and for wanting to shift the focus to getting back on the field.
These are the words of a mature individual, especially for a second-year NFL quarterback. There’s absolutely no point in placing blame or worrying about what happened on that January day, what’s done is done.
While I still hold the coaching and medical staff most at fault for what happened, it doesn’t matter. We can ridicule Mike Shanahan all we want, but it’s not going to rehab RG3’s knee any faster.
Fans should be glad to hear that RG3 feels like he’s making progress, and that he thinks he’s ahead of schedule. That’s great, but no matter what he feels like, the team has to keep him in check, and not let him return until he’s truly 100%.
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