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Redskins believe RGIII could start opener

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08:01 AM ET 02.15 | Early in the offseason, optimism is running high in the nation's capital. Although it is only a little more than a month since Robert Griffin III underwent reconstructive knee surgery, Washington Redskins officials are encouraged enough with his recovery to believe he has a legitimate chance to start in the 2013 opener, according to team and league sources. Griffin recently returned to Washington, where he spent some time rehabbing. Those who know him insist he is a physical freak, not unlike Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who was able to rush for 2,097 yards and win the MVP award the season after undergoing major knee surgery. The Redskins know there still is a long way to go, and they're hardly going to rush Griffin.

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February 15, 2013  08:21 AM ET

Possible. T-Sizzle played after 5 months AP came back the next season and won MVP.

February 15, 2013  08:32 AM ET

Hail to the Redskins!

Don't push it, Mr. III. Cousins is capable, and it's better to be healthy in December than in September.

February 15, 2013  08:43 AM ET

Only 7 months to go and they have already determined he will be ready for opening day in September?
Only for the $ would the redskins do this.

February 15, 2013  09:01 AM ET

This is exploitation at its worst. RGIII could be the face of the franchise for the next 10-15 years, or he could spend the next couple of years on IR and be released. Somebody in the Redskins organization needs to take the long-term approach with his career.

February 15, 2013  09:18 AM ET

Shanny is going to save his job by ruining RG

February 15, 2013  09:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

This is exploitation at its worst. RGIII could be the face of the franchise for the next 10-15 years, or he could spend the next couple of years on IR and be released. Somebody in the Redskins organization needs to take the long-term approach with his career.

Agreed ... it's nothing more than greed.

February 15, 2013  09:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Don't push it, Mr. III. Cousins is capable, and it's better to be healthy in December than in September.

I agree. I don't think that the Redskins will take any chances trying to rush RG III back into the lineup. Just some wishful thinking from someone at espn.com

February 15, 2013  09:30 AM ET

I have a feeling this guy's career is going to be a quickie.

February 15, 2013  09:32 AM ET

LMAO

Guy hasn't even started running yet he's going to be ready for opening day! Idiots....

February 15, 2013  09:38 AM ET

Could happen, but I suspect that triple option becomes a double.

February 15, 2013  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I have a feeling this guy's career is going to be a quickie.

I think all running QB's are.

February 15, 2013  09:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

This is exploitation at its worst. RGIII could be the face of the franchise for the next 10-15 years, or he could spend the next couple of years on IR and be released. Somebody in the Redskins organization needs to take the long-term approach with his career.

This kid is going to blow out his leg again...mark it down.

It may not be this season but if he does not change his play style, his days will be done before his rookie contract is up.

As a Cowboys fan, I hope not...I would rather see good football than a talented kid kill his leg a 3rd time.

This would be different if it were his 1st...but, it is his 2nd blow out in 4 years.

Not good Skinnies fans, not good.

February 15, 2013  10:02 AM ET

I hope he does it. Even though I bleed Green and Gold, RGIII is one HECK of an exciting player to watch. Will probably have a shorter shelf life than most QB's, but he's good for football.

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February 15, 2013  10:29 AM ET

"Redskins believe RGIII could start opener"

Like they believed he should still have been on the field when he blew out his knee? Hope RGIII has a good career insurance policy.

February 15, 2013  10:33 AM ET

No more than trying to get those season ticket holders to jump in... Especially after the 10% increase. They are not silly enough to rush RGIII onto the field... I hope.

February 15, 2013  10:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Possible. T-Sizzle played after 5 months AP came back the next season and won MVP.

Look at those guys, then look at RG3...not gonna happen. Besides, Sizzle didnt tear two knee ligaments and AD (not AP) is the ONLY person to do what he did. Not sure he should be used as a comparison to a normal human.

February 15, 2013  11:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#17):

Look at those guys, then look at RG3...not gonna happen. Besides, Sizzle didnt tear two knee ligaments and AD (not AP) is the ONLY person to do what he did. Not sure he should be used as a comparison to a normal human.

Wes Welker tore his ACL and MCL in week 17 of 2009, and played in game 1 the next season. It can be done, but it's fairly rare.

February 15, 2013  11:06 AM ET

Doesn't anybody care, get this guy Healthy!!!!!!!!

 
February 15, 2013  11:09 AM ET

They should rush him back. What could go wrong with that plan?

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