Can we now lay off the talk that Robert Griffin III is under too much pressure to start Week 1 of the upcoming NFL season and that he will rush his rehab and return as a result?
Mike Shanahan has said repeatedly that while he is impressed with the work Griffin has done to try to get ready for the season, he has “no idea” if Griffin will be ready for the start of the season.
And then yesterday in a text he sent to ESPN’s Trey Wingo, a fellow Baylor alum, Griffin reworded and reemphasized what he has said before; he’s not going to play until he’s ready.
“My goal is to return healthy in week one but if I'm not ready then i will wait until i am, however long that is,” Griffin said in the message, which Wingo relayed via Twitter.
This is not the first time that Griffin has said that he will not rush his recovery. Last month adidas released a commercial featuring Griffin and the message was “all in for Week 1”. Shortly after the ad hit YouTube, Griffin tweeted out an assurance that he’s looking towards the long haul, not just the NFL season opener.
“Feel like I need to say this … ” Griffin tweeted, “Although my goal is to start Week 1, that doesn't mean I will compromise my career to do so.”
Then, about 15 minutes later, RG3 followed that up with the following tweet: “Starting Week 1 will be the result of healing, hard work, dedication & God's anointing. No rush, just determination.”
It certainly isn’t helpful for when Dr. James Andrews calls Griffin “superhuman” and says that he’s “way ahead of schedule” in his rehab. But if we take Griffin at his word—and we have no tangible reason not to—that is just white noise.
He says he will work as hard as he can and he’ll be ready when he’s ready. Let’s just believe what he says and see what happens.