RG3 'Superhuman'? Redskins QB Recovers From ACL Injury In Just Two Months; See What Fans Think
RG3 is "superhuman," Dr. James Andrews told Stephania Bell of ESPN regarding the Washington Redskins quarterback. Robert Griffin III, 23, nicknamed RG3, has suffered a string of injuries this past NFL season, but his doctor said his recovery has been "superhuman."
RG3, who was awarded the Heisman Trophy in 2011, sprained his PCL during Week 14 of the 2012 season against the Baltimore Ravens. And then, in January, the quarterback tore his ACL and PCL during a game against the Seattle Seahawks. RG3 received surgery for his injuries in January.
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"We expect a full recovery," said Dr. Andrews, Griffin's surgeon and a Redskins team doctor, in January,
"They [athletes] have an unbelievable ability to recover," Dr. Andrews said. "Where as a normal human being may not be able to recover."
A posterior cruciate ligament sprain, or PCL sprain, usually follows a direct blow to the front of the tibia itself, most commonly when the knee is bent. An anterior cruciate ligament injury, or ACL injury, is quite common among athletes and is very painful, with an audible pop or crack at the time of the injury. These kinds of injuries are almost always the result of a direct hit to the side of the knee.
Recovery from an ACL injury can take up to six to nine months, depending on the extent of the damage. And yet, just a few months out of surgery, RG3 is talking about getting off the bench and back onto the field.
"[Griffin] wants his recovery to be fairly private, but I can tell you he's way ahead of schedule. His recovery has been unbelievable so far. RG3 is one of those superhumans," Dr. Andrews told ESPN.
According to Yahoo Sports, Griffin is working eight hours a day to get back in shape for the 2013 season, although his coach, Mike Shanahan, has yet to put a timeframe on RG3's recovery.
"For me to tell you anything at this time is kind of ludicrous," Shanahan said last week. "All I can tell you, though, is when you've got a guy who's got the flexibility that he has, he's got the strength, he's got the desire to be the best at what he does, usually good things happen."
Sports fans took to Twitter to speculate as to why RG3 recovered so quickly, some of them pointing to steroids as one possible reason for RG3's speedy recovery.
Check out what people on Twitter had to say:
“@djredoctober: RG3 is on the same steroids as Adrian Peterson” the stuff of legend
— Jerrell Leeper (@DapperJ) March 23, 2013
“@nfl_atl: Dr. Andrews says RG3 has been "superhuman" in his recovery from reconstructive knee surgery. Fred Davis agrees" steroids cough
— Slow Mo #3 (@pg_holden4) March 23, 2013
— Emmanuel Perez (@MocJock) March 23, 2013
What do you think about RG3's recovery? Is the quarterback "superhuman," as his doctor has said, or is there something else less "super" going on?
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