Andrews says RG3 rehab is about career, not first game of '13

Andrews says RG3 rehab is about career, not first game of '13
February 22, 2013, 2:45 pm
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RG3's recovery "way ahead of schedule"

Dr. James Andrews told Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network that Robert Griffin III’s rehab from his reconstructive knee surgery is “way ahead of schedule.”

In fact, the only issue they are having comes from Griffin’s drive. "We don't have to do much except try to hold him back,” said the famed orthopedic surgeon.

However, Andrews emphasized that his rehab schedule is unfolding with the long term in mind. “Our whole mode is to do what’s best for him for his career, not necessarily what’s best for the first game next season,” he said

Andrews’ comments were the first he has made publicly since he performed the repairs to Griffin’s torn ACL and LCL on Jan. 9. The first sign we got that the rehab process was going well came on Feb. 2 when he walked down the red carpet at the NFL honors show in New Orleans and then up the steps to accept the Offensive Rookie of the Year award with barely a hint of a limp.

Although Andrews’ comments are certainly well informed, it has to be noted that there still is a long way to go in his rehab. We are a little over six weeks into a process that will last six to 12 months. There is a long way to go before we will have a good handle on when Griffin might be able to return to the field.

But Andrews’ comments do indicate that there have been no setbacks in the process and at this point that news is about as good as one can hope for.

Update: Griffin posted an video of a workout that looks like it's fairly strenuous on the knees (h/t @IAmEddie12)

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