If Robert Griffin III rushed back from a major knee injury because he was worried about losing his job to Kirk Cousins, well, that’s news to him. “Me and Kirk have always been good,” Griffin told CSNwashington.com. “That’s not an issue. The way I look at it, hard work, dedication and God’s grace is what helped me come back and play so quick.” He added: “Anyone who knows me, knows I’m not that guy. I’m not the guy that these negative articles are trying to paint me to be.”
Griffin’s comment came in response to a report on NFL.com over the weekend that said Griffin feared Cousins might take over as the Redskins’ No. 1 while he worked his way back from a knee injury.
From the article:
Redskins coaches have noticed an insecurity with Griffin this season, and some in the organization believed part of his motivation to quickly return from ACL surgery was driven out of fear that Kirk Cousins would make a run at his job . . . Part of why RGIII went to Baylor was to start right away, and he never really had his job threatened, even after his first torn ACL. The NFL simply is a colder place, and knowing how intelligent Griffin is, there can't be much question he recognizes that.
Asked why some at Redskins Park might perceive him as showing insecurity after the injury, Griffin said: “Honestly, I don’t know where that’s coming from. I don’t really focus on that stuff, either. All I can do is go about trying to be a better person every day I awake up. Like I said before, anyone who knows me, knows what I’m about and that’s certainly not it.”
Griffin returned to the field eight months after having the ACL and LCL in his right knee repaired. While he rehabbed, Cousins, who is 1-0 as a starter, ran the first team offense during OTAs, minicamp and much of training camp.
“My job during the offseason was to get ready to go and make sure Kirk was ready to go,” Griffin said. “And we worked well together.”
-Tarik El-Bashir, CSN Washington
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