As camp approaches, all eyes are on Griffin's knee
Robert Griffin III is trying to follow the lead of Adrian Peterson by having a stellar season after suffering from a torn ACL late in the previous season. According to a report, he might follow Peterson’s training camp schedule to try to get him ready for the season opener and beyond.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported last night that while the Redskins have not yet decided what Griffin’s status will be there is a possibility that he, like Peterson, will start training camp on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Citing “a source close to RG3”, Rapoport said that the quarterback might spend a week or so on the sideline working with trainers in order to keep him from going to hard too soon.
On the one hand, it’s hard to argue against following the Peterson road map to recovery. After suffering a torn ACL at FedEx Field on Christmas Even in 2011 Peterson played in all 16 games and came within a first down of breaking the NFL single-season rushing record.
But no two situations are the same and what worked for Peterson may not be the best for Griffin. Training camp time is more important for a quarterback entering his second season than it is for a running back going into his sixth year in the league. Being on the PUP list would severely limit what Griffin can do. Per the league CBA, players on PUP “are not permitted to participate in team or individual drills or practice sessions (contact or non-contact).” They may attend practices “Provided they do not participate.” Any work a PUP player does “may not involve another player”.
That would mean that Griffin would not be able to throw to his teammates like he did during OTA’s a minicamp. No team drills at all. He couldn’t even toss a ball around on the sideline with a teammate.
There is some middle ground here. They might be to leave Griffin off of PUP but severely limit what he can do in practice. They could keep him out of 11 on 11 drills or any activity that could involve even accidental contact.
When all is said and done, a week or two of training camp will not make or break Griffin’s 2013 season. If the organization decides to sit him out he is smart enough to make up for the lost time. But it doesn’t make much sense to have him doing less in July than he was doing in May and June.
The middle ground seems to be the way to go but we will have to wait and see.