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Griffin III's recovery ahead of schedule

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Dr. James Andrews likes the progress that Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has made in his recovery from knee surgery.

Andrews, the noted surgeon and Redskins team doctor, said Friday that Griffin is way ahead of schedule on his road to recovery from the major knee procedure performed last month. But he noted that there's more work ahead.

"We've got him well on his way," Andrews told NFL Network. "He is an unbelievable athlete as you well know. His recovery is way ahead of schedule so far. We don't have to do much but try to hold him back, if you want to know the truth.

"Our whole mode for him, though, is to do what is best for his career, not necessarily what is best for the first game next season. So all of that has to be put on hold and let him get well."

The Redskins said last week that they hoped to have Griffin back for the first week of the NFL season in September. That projection might be optimistic, based on the normal nine- to 12-month recovery period for the type of injury that Griffin suffered against Seattle in the playoffs. But Minnesota's Adrian Peterson showed it can be done after tearing his left ACL at the end of the 2011 season and returning for an MVP season in 2012.

Griffin ended his first season as the NFL's offensive rookie of the year, passing for 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns.
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