Dr. James Andrews has signed off on Robert Griffin III‘s return from knee surgery. It was a move that most people expected, but the famous surgeon certainly wouldn’t have done so if he wasn’t seeing the things he needed to in the quarterback’s right knee. Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan won’t officially say that RG3 is starting in the season opener, but I think we all know it’s just a matter of time before he finally makes it official.
But along with the announcement of Griffin being cleared by Andrews, also comes the news that the surgeon still has some concerns over his surgically repaired right knee. These concerns have yet to be announced to the public, but that figures to take place after Shanahan meets with his quarterback over the weekend.
I’m sure there was a good portion of Redskins’ fans that shuttered when they heard the phase ‘still some concerns,’ but to me, that’s just a given with a guy who’s coming off of a serious knee operation. The scary reality is that he could get back out there week one and suffer the same injury again or something could simply give out in his right knee. This is professional football we’re talking about – anything is possible.
At the same time, I’m willing to bet Andrews’ concerns are minor. They’re likely more to do with how the Shanahan’s should be handling RG3 and nothing to do with the stability of his knee. We all know that Griffin is going to want to hit the ground running in week one, but the Redskins must ease him back in to live action and play this return as safely as possibly.