The father of Robert Griffin III says that he “absolutely” thinks that his son will be ready to play in the Redskins’ season opener.
“If Robert is training right now, the goal is to play football this year," Robert Griffin II said in an interview on ABC 7 in Washington.
“Absolutely, that is the plan.”
The senior Griffin also revealed that he disagreed with the way the Redskins handled him during the game in which he was injured.
In the first quarter, Griffin threw a pass as he was going out of bounds and in the process he tweaked his right knee, which had been injured during the season in a game against the Ravens. Griffin stayed in the game and threw a touchdown pass to give the Redskins a 14-0 lead in a first-round playoff game against the Seahawks.
The elder Griffin believes that his son should have come out of the game at that point. "[He] was done as far as I was concerned because no one hit him,” he said. "His knee buckled.”
Griffin stayed in the game and was not nearly as effective as he had been during two first-quarter touchdown drives. After a botched snap midway through the fourth quarter, he ended up with a knee that needed reconstructive surgery.
Griffin III’s father said that he would like to see the Redskins have his son run less in order to make sure that he is healthy at the end of the season. “What they have to do in order to have Robert, you know, be what they want him to be, because you don’t want him to limp into the playoffs,” he said.
Griffin had 120 rushing attempts in 2012, the sixth-most runs by a quarterback since 1970.
It was Griffin’s second torn ACL—he suffered one as a sophomore at Baylor in 2009—and his father said that his rehab this time around seems to be going much better.
“Physical strength, lateral movement, lateral strength. He feels he far exceeds four months post-surgery from [the] first time,” he said. “But Robert knows this is a long-term thing.”