BALTIMORE—When Robert Griffin III returns to the field next season, the Redskins quarterback intends to do it minus the bulky brace many blamed for blunting his speed and agility in 2013.
Griffin confirmed his decision to CSNWashington.com Monday night at the Ed Block Courage Award ceremony. In January, he was voted by his teammates as the Redskins’ recipient of the annual honor.
Asked about the brace, Griffin acknowledged that he plans to consult with team doctors. But he also left no doubt when he said he intends to ditch the hinged device.
“I took it off the year after [ACL surgery] at Baylor [in 2009],” Griffin said. “Me, [team trainer] Larry [Hess], Dr. [James] Andrews, Dr. [Anthony] Casolaro, Dr. [Chris] Annunziata, we’ll all sit down and figure it out.”
“But,” he added, “I think it’s safe to say I won’t be wearing the brace.”
Midway through last season, Griffin began removing the brace during warm ups. But it was always affixed to his leg once the games began.
Throughout the campaign, opponents, analysts and even his own teammates speculated that the brace limited Griffin’s effectiveness. Indeed, he did not display the explosiveness he did as a rookie. But it was never clear how much of the decline was his still-recovering knee and how much of it was the brace.
Well, it sounds as though there will be no such debate next season.