Shanahan says nature will take its course with RG3
When Robert Griffin III returns, whenever that is, there’s going to new rule in place for the Redskins’ star quarterback: If he’s not fully healthy, he’s not on the field.
“As we go into next year, one thing that we will make sure of is Robert never plays if he’s not 100 percent,” Coach Mike Shanahan said during his pre-draft news conference at Redskins Park on Wednesday.
Shanahan followed that up with a wise crack: “So if he does tell me something, I’m not going to believe him next year compared to last year. … That was a joke – I think. But anyway, we’ll have fun with that.”
Griffin had the ACL, LCL and meniscus repaired in his right knee on Jan. 9. Although he left the Redskins’ playoff loss to the Seahawks in the fourth quarter, he had appeared to tweak the already balky knee earlier in the game.
Shanahan also said he’s learned from the experience, for which he faced much criticism.
“I get a feel for people the more I’m around them. I think players get more of a feeling for me,” he added. “If it’s your gut to take someone out, sometimes it changes from year to year. I know mine does with different players. Every situation is different. Sometimes you make the right call; other times you don’t. But at the end of the day, you’re always hoping that you learn from your mistakes whatever they are.”
Shanahan did not provide an updated timetable for Griffin’s recovery. He did, though, say that the biggest challenge for the 23-year-old in the coming weeks and months is to avoid confusing muscle strength in the knee from a fully healed ACL.
“The one thing I don’t want to do is I don’t want to see anything too quick,” Shanahan said. “We’re dealing with an ACL. That takes time. Mother Nature is going to take its course. The thing you love about Robert is he’s working the muscles around it. He loves to work. He does everything we ask him to do, and then some, to get himself ready."
Shanahan added: “We don’t want him to do anything too quickly because he could set it back. But when you work as hard as he does, and your muscles are strong around the ligament, sometimes guys have a tendency to go too quick. And we’re going to try to make sure he doesn’t.”