RG3 fined for 'Operation Patience' shirt
No stranger to fines, Robert Griffin III racked up another for his "Operation Patience" shirt he wore prior to the Redskins game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Wearing the shirt, which his apparel sponsor adidas made specially for him, will cost Griffin $10,000, CSN Washington confirmed. Griffin did not play in the 24-13 win, but was seen on the field in the shirt during pregame warmups.
RG3 coined the phrase "Operation Patience" to remind himself and the fans that he must keep his rehab routine in check while he works his way back from reconstructive knee surgery in January. Griffin suffered a catastrophic knee injury in a playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks that required a rebuild of the ACL and LCL in his right knee.
Throughout the rehab process, RG3 seemed eager to get back on the field as soon as he could, at times significantly ahead of previous players rehab schedules.
Griffin wants and plans on being the Redskins starting quarterback for the regular season opener on September 9, which would be exactly eight months after his knee surgery. Most doctors recommend a full year of rehab for a knee reconstruction, but Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson came back from a similar injury in under nine months and put together a 2,000 yard season in 2012 following the injury.
Precedent has been set for Griffin's expedited return, though recent quotes from Griffin, as well as Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, suggest that starting Week 1 is not definite. Redskins brass has made clear that full approval from famed orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews will be required before Rg3 gets back on the field.
Last December, the NFL fined Griffin $10,000 for wearing adidas apparel to a postgame news conference. The NFL and Nike have an official partnership for apparel.