Kirk Cousins Expects Robert Griffin III To Return ‘Faster Than The Average Person’
Though the Redskins’ quarterback will fill in for Griffin as the starter throughout the offseason, he’s optimistic Griffin will return ahead of schedule after undergoing surgery on his right knee.
BY ZAC BOYER
Kirk Cousins expects Robert Griffin III to recover from surgery on his right knee “faster than the average person” and is looking forward to serving as the Redskins’ starting quarterback until Griffin is healthy.
Griffin had surgery on Jan. 9 to repair the LCL and meniscus and reconstruct the ACL in the right knee, which should keep him out of action approximately nine months. Head coach Mike Shanahan said last month that Cousins will serve as the Redskins’ starting quarterback through the offseason in Griffin’s absence.
“We don’t know what’s gonna happen,” Cousins told The Free Lance-Star by phone Wednesday afternoon. “We don’t know what my role’s gonna be next fall, quite yet, and the hope is that Robert can get healthy as quick as possible and be ready to go Week 1, but we just don’t know. So, I’m going to take it one day at a time, and take advantage of every opportunity that I have between now and the day Robert comes back at 100 percent.”
Griffin originally sprained the LCL in a Dec. 9 game against Baltimore and missed the following week’s game at Cleveland, which Cousins started in his place. Griffin returned the next week at Philadelphia, then aggravated the knee in the Redskins’ loss to Seattle in the wild card round of the NFC playoffs on Jan. 6.
Cousins, who has been working out just north of Chicago during the offseason, has maintained contact with Griffin. Outside the time the two spent together at the “NFL Honors” show in New Orleans during Super Bowl weekend in February, they’ve kept in touch primarily through text messaging.
“From all I can hear and gather, he’s doing very well and working very hard,” Cousins said. “It’s no surprise. I do expect him to come back faster than the average person, but I also expect him and the doctors and the coaches to be very cautious with someone that valuable because I think it’s more important for Robert to be strong and stable 10 years from now than it is [for him to be] strong and stable in 10 weeks. I think they want to be cautious and keep the long view in mind.”
Still, Cousins joked that he wouldn’t urge Griffin to take his time returning to the field simply so he could spend additional time as the Redskins’ starting quarterback.
“You know, Robert’s a competitor, and if he can be out there, he wants to be out there, which is why he was in there against Seattle,” Cousins said. “That’s a credit to him. I don’t think you win [Offensive] Rookie of the Year if you don’t have that in you. But it’s just a matter of what’s wise and what’s best for the long run, and that will be a decision that’s made, you know, out of my hands and by Robert and the coaches and the medical staff.”
In fact, it wouldn’t be a surprise to Cousins if Griffin’s availability for the first regular season game, tentatively set to come on Sept. 8, would be a game-time decision.
“I don’t know when I’ll find out,” he said. “I bet it will come down to a matter of hours before the [first] game, but either way, I’ve got to be ready.”