Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III stated to CSN Washington’s Tarik El-Bashir that “I think it’s safe to say I won’t be wearing the brace,” referring to next season. Griffin wore the knee brace all last season after recovering from a torn ACL late in the 2012 season. And while it seemed RGIII wasn’t as good a runner wearing the knee brace, is that really important in the long-term?
I mean, isn’t the most important thing that Griffin remain healthy? RGIII is a great runner, but his running ability should be a secondary consideration to his passing, and his ability to stay in the lineup. Even with the knee brace, Griffin still rushed for 489 yards on 5.7 yards per carry. And that was with him not playing in the final three games of the season.
He’s already torn his ACL twice, and if the knee brace prevents that from happening again, then isn’t that the most important aspect of this? The Redskins don’t need any more 70 yard TD runs from Robert Griffin III. It’s not necessary. What they need is for him to stay healthy and in the starting lineup using his arm and his mind to win games.
Of course you want a player to be comfortable when he’s playing the game, but it’s more important that he’s just simply playing the game. The Redskins need to take steps to ensure Griffin stays healthy. Better pass blocking is one way, and so is being more responsible in how often they use him as a runner.
But when he does run, just in case another hit from a 300 pound lineman occurs again, that knee brace might be the difference between RGIII suffering another catastrophic injury, or getting up ready for the next play. So I think he should keep wearing the knee brace. What do you think?