Nevertheless, Griffin has proven to be a remarkable and dedicated athlete, and his progress is also indicative of an evolving calendar of expectations when it comes to ACL injuries, which traditionally have required a year or more of rehab.
Griffin’s timeframe is similar to that of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who led the league in rushing last season after tearing an ACL the previous December.
The Redskins have said all along that Griffin was ahead of schedule. He demonstrated what he called “explosive sprinting” at last month’s minicamp and said he already had a rehab plan for his honeymoon. He married his longtime fiancee earlier this month.
“I think we knew he was going to play a good portion of the season anyway, from the way I’ve heard things were going,” Chester said. “But if we can have him the whole season, it would be better.”
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