It does not appear that right knee brace that Robert Griffin III has been wearing is going to go away any time soon, despite the fact that Griffin would like it to.
Griffin said today that the brace, which is to protect the lateral collateral ligament he injured in Week 14 against the Ravens, restricts the movement of the knee, which causes him to move differently. “There will be a natural limp in there, but at the same time you can still generate power,” he said.
He thinks that the leg is getting better and is close to where he could play without the brace. But the people who will make that decision don’t seem to be convinced, according to Griffin.
“Doctors won’t let me take it off and I don’t believe [trainer Larry Hess] will let me take it off,” he said. “I try to do as much as I can without the brace and then when they find out I don’t have it on I have to throw it on.
“I might not wear the brace this week. But I’m sure Larry is shaking his head downstairs.”
And as long as Larry shakes his head, RG3 will continue to wear the brace. Perhaps he can switch to a less restrictive brace or the current one can be adjusted so that he can be more mobile. But given what the team has invested in Griffin it is better to minimize the risk of further injury than it is to let him have that extra half step of speed and that little extra cutting ability. If he can run for 63 yards like he did against the Cowboys, averaging over 10 yards per carry for the first time this year, the Redskins should be able to figure out a way to get by with the slightly less mobile version of RG3.