Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III says he’s ready to start making cuts on his runs next week in his rehab. This week, RGIII has been sprinting and looking good, but the major test is next week when he starts implementing cuts as part of his sprinting. If there is still a structural problem with his knee, he’ll find it out during these drills. Hopefully for RGIII’s sake he can make cuts without his knee collapsing on him like it did against the Seattle Seahawks last January. That’s the game where RGIII tore his ACL and LCL.
RGIII said to the washingtonpost.com “You saw today the explosive sprinting part. I feel comfortable sprinting now. The next big stage is just cutting, and it’s not that I go cut for two days and I’m ready to go. It’s just a month of cutting drills, change of direction. That way I can train my body to get back for that.”
There are still three months to go before the start of the season in September, and plenty of time for RGIII to get his knee back to where it was before the injury. RGIII sees himself being ready for the start of the season on September 9th, and he could be right. He doesn’t plan on playing in any of the Redskin’s preseason games, just in case.
When RGIII does return to the field, it’s highly likely that the Redskins’ coach Mike Shanahan will have given him stern instructions not to run the ball. This early in the season with his knee just getting healed it would be a foolhardy thing for RGIII to start running the ball like he was before for the Skins. He needs to be a pocket passer until at least a certain amount of time has gone by to where he’s not as much in dangerous. If a 300 pound lineman jumps on RGIII’s back at the start of the season, I doubt that his knee will hold up without giving out on him again.