While Robert Griffin III’s rehab has been simply spectacular and an eyebrow raiser to say the least, there is one major concern for the Washington Redskins during 2013. How much he will be limited with his knee brace.
Robert Griffin III told media:
“I don’t know if I’ll wear it forever. I know I’ll wear it the rest of the season. After the first time I had the injury, I wore it for a year and I thought I’d wear it the rest of my life. The next year came around and I took it off, and we won a Heisman and did a whole lot of other things. It just depends on how the leg feels. I don’t plan on wearing it past this season, but that all depends on what happens.”
As fans saw towards the end of the 2012 season, the knee brace limited Robert Griffin III significantly and nearly cost them the NFC East Title, had it not been for rookie running back Alfred Morris rushing for 200 yards and three touchdowns.
While Griffin was hurt during those final two games, rather than coming off an injury such as he will be this season, you can look back at his 2010 Junior season when he came off an ACL tear and see his rushing yards dropped off by 211 yards.
Griffin rushed for an average of 54 yards per game last season. His rookie season at Baylor he rushed for an average of 70, followed by 49 his Junior season (the year after his ACL tear). His passing yards however went up by 1,410 yards, thanks to rushing the ball 24 fewer times.
The question that arises however is will this be the same scenario in a much faster paced NFL?
The Big 12 has been known as a division in which offenses have inflated numbers due to lack of defense by opposing teams. That’s not the case in the NFL, which could cause problems for Griffin and the Redskins who run an offense that relies around the threat of the quarterback taking off with the ball.
Washington could be forced to go a more traditional offense route whether they planned to or not, depending on how much Griffin’s knee brace limits him.
A positive for them is the fact that this knee brace is much different from the one he wore last season, which will allow him to have more movement; in addition to him already having experience wearing a knee brace from his days at Baylor.