Quarterback still wearing knee brace after surgery last season.
Washington Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon has admitted that teams probably know Robert Griffin III “can’t run as fast” this year.
The Redskins have fallen to two successive defeats to start the new season and have the NFL’s sixth-ranked offense thus far.
Seemingly struggling after their impressive campaign last year, Garcon believes he knows one of the reasons behind their inability to be as dangerous this season.
“They know Robert obviously can’t run as fast as he did last year because of his knee brace and his knee, but it’s the same offense, to be honest with you,” Garcon said as reported by NFL.com.
Griffin underwent major surgery last season to repair his injured knee, and having made a remarkable return in time for the season kick-off, it is understood that he is perhaps being slightly hampered by the knee brace he continues to wear.
While the brace undoubtedly provides him with some protection, it is also has a negative effect in that Garcon believes it perhaps takes away from Griffin’s speed when deciding to run with the ball.
“Well, when you’re walking around with a knee brace or playing with a knee brace, obviously it’s slowing you down a little bit,” Garcon continued.
“It’s just natural. It’s common … . I don’t know how much it weighs, exactly, but you always think about it when you have it on there, and it’s a constant reminder.”
Griffin maintained prior to the new season starting that he still had the “turbo” speed he displayed during his rookie year last season.
However, as NFL studies have shown, that may not be the case right now as the knee brace is perhaps playing a part in slowing him down both when running with the ball and in general play subconsciously.