Dr. James Andrews is the coveted orthopedic surgeon who worked on Minnesota Viking’s running back Adrian Peterson. He’s also the surgeon who operated on the two torn ligaments in Robert Griffin III right knee. As fast as Adrian Peterson healed. Dr. Andrews notes that Griffin is doing likewise, so much so that he’s called him super human in an interview with ESPN saying:
“He wants his recovery to be fairly private, but I can tell you he’s way ahead of schedule. His recovery has been unbelievable so far…RGIII is one those superhumans. First patient I ever had like that was Bo Jackson. And recently I, of course, had Adrian Peterson, who is also superhuman. They have an unbelievable ability to recover, whereas a normal human being may not be able to recover.”
All that being said, don’t expect Griffin back during Week 1 of the NFL regular season. Coach Mike Shanahan cautioned against it when speaking at the recent NFL owner’s meeting saying:
“For me to tell you anything at this time is kind of ludicrous,” he said.
I agree and it’s smart. Setting the expectation that Griffin will return to 100% Week 1 is a setup for failure. This is about more than just healing. It’s about a recovery period to ensure he can run, be agile, sprint, turn on a dime and, yes, take a hit without injuring the ligaments again–or worse.
It’s best to cheer on his noted fast recovery–and welcome him back–when he’s truly ready.
Your Jersey Girlfriend,
*parts of this story contributed from USA Today Sports