RG III set to start in the franchise’s opening game against Eagles.
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is not worried about taking hits in their Monday night opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.
It’s been eight months since the 23-year-old underwent major surgery on his knee after suffering a torn ACL, and he received official medical clearance last week ahead of featuring in the first game of the new season.
It caps off a remarkable recovery for the quarterback who made headlines for all the right reasons last year before his injury, and he has now revealed he is ready for the new campaign.
“The bottom line is I’m ready to go. They’re confident in what I can do, and we’ll go out there and play,” he told reporters as quoted by ESPN.
“Play like you were never gone. That’s what every guy who comes off an injury has to do.”
With reports throughout his recovery process suggesting that he was ahead of schedule, RG III will be delighted with how quickly he has bounced back from the injury and he isn’t phased by the prospect of getting hit next week.
“It’s going to be tough,” Griffin said when asked about the emotions he will likely feel as he takes to the field on Monday.
“There won’t be any tears. If there are, there will be tears of joy. It’s been a long journey. It’s been an adventure. It’s been fun,” he added.
It remains to be seen how Griffin responds to being back out in the midst of the action, and whether coach Mike Shanahan has any specific plans to protect him as the game unfolds.
Nevertheless, the excitement levels around the Redskins’ start to the season has undoubtedly increased as the long wait to see RG III back on the field is almost over.