Ever since the Redskins and Dr. James Andrews said they expected quarterback Robert Griffin III to be ready in time for the 2013 regular season, those kinds of assuring words surrounding Griffin and his right knee have evaporated. A few days ago, a source told the Washington Post's Mike Jones that the Redskins privately know it's "optimistic" to think their star will be healthy by Week 1.
On Saturday, a league source told ProFootballTalk.com that "there is much greater concern regarding Griffin's knee than anyone connected to the Redskins or Griffin has publicly conceded."
Griffin is facing a long summer rehabbing his right LCL and, for the second time, his right ACL. He also had a torn meniscus in that knee and will need to do some work on his left knee since Dr. Andrews needed to take a patellar tendon graft from that knee to repair the damage.
And that's not all to be worried about when it comes to Griffin, as the source told PFT's Mike Florio.
"[T]he biggest concern, as the source explained it, is the damage to Griffin's cartilage. With the ACL in the right knee now torn twice in less than four years, Griffin has lost enough cartilage in his knee to raise concerns about how much remains and how long it will last. Eventually, Griffin could be dealing with bone-on-bone contact and the chronic pain that goes along with it. And he's still only 22."
The six-to-eight-month timetable that was originally reported always seemed too cheery. As the days go by, it sounds like a Week 1 return would be the absolute best-case scenario any RG3 owner could hope for. And considering the history of his right knee, now with an ACL tear at the college and pro level, those in dynasty leagues need to take a pause when considering him in drafts, as well.