Breakfast links: RG III recovery rolls on
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EDT May 23, 2013 Robert Griffin III of the Washington Redskins, shown here last season, is back at practice after knee surgery. (Photo: Patrick McDermott, Getty Images) Story Highlights Griffin still plans on playing in the Redskins’ season opener Monday, Sept. 9 Redskins QB cried upon waking up from surgery when he learn his ACL also needed to be repaired Griffin is worried he’ll be pulled from a game when it’s not necessary ASHBURN, Va. Robert Griffin III threw with good zip and accuracy to a group of rehabbing Washington Redskins players at the start of Thursday practice. More significantly, the second-year quarterback looked better than anyone might imagine only 4 months after surgery to reconstruct torn ligaments in his right knee. He has been throwing since late April. Griffin said he hopes to be ready for the opening of training camp July 25 and still has his sights set on being the Week 1 starter. “As far as the season goes, everyone has seen the commercials and the statements of ‘All in for Week 1,’ and I stand behind that.
(Jeff Wheeler / MCT) By Sam Farmer June 24, 2013, 7:24 a.m. Adrian Peterson , the NFL s reigning most valuable player, believes quarterback Robert Griffin III will be sufficiently recovered from his knee injury to be the Week 1 starter for the Washington Redskins . Peterson has special insight on ACL injuries, having overcome one in an astounding nine months to rush for 2,000 yards last season. “RG3’s confidence level is where mine was at and I think he’ll be back Week 1 and each week, he’ll get stronger,” Peterson told USA Todays Jim Corbett . “I have a lot of confidence in the young guy. “I’ve been with him a couple of times, and judging by how he approached his rookie year, if he continues taking that same strong mind-set and applies it to his rehab, he’ll do better this season than last. I’m pulling for him.” Peterson has been a sounding board for several NFL players recovering from ACL reconstructions, among them Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing and former New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis , now of Tampa Bay. “I’m cool with that role,” Peterson said. “It makes me feel good knowing I set the bar high. “It feels good when guys reach out to be inspired and you have shown people an example of how you can come back and be better than you were before when adversity strikes; and when the world predicts the opposite, you show them you not only can be successful but be great.” The Vikings star is, as the Washington Post s Cindy Boren puts it, the ACL whisperer.
Robert Griffin III looks ‘awesome’ and should be ready Week 1, backup Kirk Cousins says
Griffin is expected to spend the next five weeks further strengthening his knee and continuing to do the same drills. He will continue to train at Redskins Park for at least the next week. In his most recent media availability June 11 at the Redskins minicamp Griffin outlined the next month : After [making cuts], its just everything over and over. Ill continue to work out in the weight room over the next four or five weeks. I continue to keep sprinting and just get more and more comfortable. And then whatever I feel like I have a deficiency at, I make sure I fix that. Theres exercises you can do to help with that. Griffin has two significant checkups with team orthopedist James Andrews in the next five weeks.
Are we now too skeptical on RG III?
I mean, I guess fair enough, and I’m all for skepticism in general. But I’d caution against using Griffin’s knee injury against him too strongly in this kind of predictive analysis. If he hadn’t hurt himself late in the season and in the playoff game, it would still be true that he “more frequently exposed his body to hard hits through aggressive runs” than someone like Wilson did. But I doubt it would then be so easy to hold that against him. Griffin may well be too reckless to succeed in the NFL.
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Last week’s news about Sam Huff stepping aside has sparked some debate in Washington about what the Redskins’ radio broadcast team should look like moving forward. New York Giants Justin Tuck says he feels ” more alive in a football sense ” this year, which sounds nice. Ultimately, June talk won’t mean a thing, and whether Tuck can play at a high level this year will have a lot to do with the Giants’ success and his own future in New York. Yes, there has been some interest from the Giants in fullback Vonta Leach. Yes, this likely means they’re more concerned about Henry Hynoski’s injury than they’ve admitted. No, I don’t think Leach is going to be a Giant. I think he’s going to be a Dolphin. Dallas Cowboys Will Allen hopes he can bring some of the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defensive mentality to the Cowboys’ defensive backs room. ESPNDallas.com’s position series continues with running back , where DeMarco Murray must stay healthy or Joseph Randle should get a chance to prove whether he’s the superior long-term option. Philadelphia Eagles If Matt Barkley beats out two more experienced quarterbacks to win the starter’s job, it won’t be the first time he’s ever done that.
Adrian Peterson says Robert Griffin III will be back by Week 1
Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins , who has gotten to work with the starters while Griffin recovers from a torn ACL, didn’t sound like a man who is figuring on starting against the Eagles. “Robert looked awesome and I’m not just saying that,” Cousins told NFL Network. “Obviously, he is a bit of a freak in terms of his athleticism, but he’s healed very quickly. He couldn’t practice with us but he was on a separate field doing drills all spring, during our OTAs and minicamp, and he looked really good. I think he’ll be ready to go come Week 1, but my mindset is to be ready to go no matter what.” Cousins’ evaluation doesn’t mean a whole lot, but it’s worth keeping in mind that he probably spends more time with Griffin at the Redskins’ facilities than any other player.
Robert Griffin III’s suffers no setbacks after first week of cutting drills
Hes went through practice wearing shorts and a red practice jersey, taking roll outs and making cuts without any sort of setback. Looking past the brace he sports on his knee, one would never be able to tell that Griffin had suffered the horrible injury just months ago. For now, Griffins average draft position is up in the air. His final position will solidify once we near the start of the regular season. At the time being, it appears that he will be fully ready to play in the Redskins week one contest. If Griffin is 100% for week one as expected, hes a quarterback you shouldnt pass up in the draft. From what he has shown us, there will be no sophomore slump. Hes able to manage every game to perfection, stepping up as a leader on his team. Griffin never gets desperate and his decision making is impeccable, never forcing throws into double or triple coverage.
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He said Sims was “out there in the crowd.” NFL: Top 10 remaining free agents Sims was several booths away representing Cold Daddy, a product that uses a unit the size of a big air conditioner to chill tubs of water in which players can immerse themselves, without the need to keep adding bags of ice. They’re made by Innovative Recovery Systems of America, which, like Baylor, is in Waco, Texas. “No matter what uniform you wear, Cold Daddy is there,” said the booth signage. “It keeps the water about 55 degrees,” Sims said. “They get in there for about 10 minutes or so after a workout. It helps with recovery.