Surgeon who operated on star can’t quite believe his rehabilitation.
Despite Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan calling for caution over when franchise quarterback Robert Griffin III will make his comeback, the star’s surgeon can’t quite contain his disbelief.
James Andrews, the orthopedic surgeon who operated on RG III’s two torn knee ligaments back in January, has called the 23-year-old’s recovery “super-human”.
“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,” Andrews told ESPN.
“RG III is one of those super-humans. 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,” he added.
Griffin first suffered issues with his knee back in December, in a game against eventual Super Bowl winners Baltimore Ravens.
However, the problem flared up again in a 24-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in the play-offs, Despite aggravating the injury and clearly being limited by it he stayed in the game and coach Shanahan received criticism of his handling of the situation.
Both individuals have been keen to avoid rushing him back for Week 1 of the new season, and will see how his recovery develops over the coming months.
Griffin won the AP 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award after leading Washington to its first NFC East title in 13 years, and he will hope to stay on the road to a full recovery at his super-human pace.