For the first time since tearing his anterior cruciate ligament on Dec. 9 of last season, Robert Griffin III is claiming that his knee feels back to 100 percent as reported by ESPN’s John Keim.
Redskins’ head coach Mike Shanahan and RGIII have had a rift throughout preseason on whether to let his star play or not, and even if healthy, it is more likely that Griffin would begin his sophomore campaign at the beginning of the regular season.
For a player that tore one of the major ligaments in his knee just eight months ago, Griffin is confident in his ability to not only get back to where he was last season, but exceed it.
Griffin told ESPN 980s Kevin Sheehan that if he were to run a 40-yard dash today, it would be a “4.3-something.” As crazy as that is to believe, the NFL and its fans witnessed Vikings running back Adrian Peterson perform at his highest level coming off a season where he too tore his ACL in 2012.
Peterson ran for 2,097 yards and 18 touchdowns on 348 carries—coming just 8-yards shy of tying Eric Dickerson’s all-time NFL single-season rushing record.
In his rookie year, Griffin threw for 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns, while completing 65.6 percent of and throwing only five interceptions en route to a 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award.
Whether he is able to duplicate those numbers, or exceed them, is left to be unknown, but both RGIII and the Redskins hope to find out come Monday, Sept. 9 in Philadelphia.