RG III admits he will talk it over with team doctors first.
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has revealed that he will likely not wear a knee brace next season as he looks to bounce back from disappointment last year.
The 24-year-old tore multiple ligaments in his right knee during the playoffs in January 2013, although he did make a speedy recovery in time to feature last season.
However, he wore a protective knee brace throughout the campaign and it was widely believed that it had an adverse effect on his speed and efficiency on the field.
While he was only expected to wear it for one year, Griffin believes he will be ditching it for next season although he has yet to be granted official clearance from the medical staff in Washington.
“It’s safe to say I won’t be wearing the brace [in 2014],” Griffin told CSN Washington, as reported by ESPN.
Having spent the majority of the last off-season in rehabilitation, he did not appear in a game situation until the season opener.
However, after struggling through a year in which Washington were never particularly close to challenging for the playoffs, he was benched for the last three games of the season with former coach Mike Shanahan insisting that he wanted to help him stay healthy for the off-season.
Griffin finished with 16 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions and 489 rushing yards as the Redskins finished 3-13, which was a significant drop from his rookie season where he had 20 touchdown passes and only five interceptions and rushed for 815 yards as his team clinched the NFC East title.
In contrast to last year, Griffin has already started his off-season preparations and is expected to link up with some of his receivers later this month to begin work.
After a tough year it appears as though there are better times ahead for Washington and their quarterback, however it remains to be seen whether or not the medical staff deem his knee safe to play without the brace to protect it.