Adam Schefter just reported on ESPN that the NFL is asking the Redskins for updates on the timetable for the recovery of the knee of Robert Griffin III. The league would like to know when RG3 might be back in the lineup so that they don’t schedule nationally televised games too early in the season before the main attraction is back in action.
Of course, if you’re a regular reader here, you knew that was going to happen a few weeks ago.
Schefter said that we wouldn’t know much about Griffin’s recovery until later this summer. He also said and later tweeted the following:
Only near certainty is that Redskins QB Robert Griffin III is expected to open training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform List.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 3, 2013
I’m not so sure that Griffin will open camp on PUP. Being on the PUP list prevents a player from being able to do anything besides conditioning and rehab exercises. If Griffin was on the PUP list he wouldn’t even be able to play catch with his receivers off to the side. Even if he’s not ready for full-scale practice, if he can walk it’s hard for me to see the Redskins not investing one of their 90 camp roster spots on Griffin.
If he’s not on PUP at the start of camp, he can’t be on it when the season starts and so he’ll have to be one of the 53 players on the roster no matter where he is in terms of rehab. Again, even if he’s not ready for the start of the season I think the Redskins would rather have Griffin on the 53 and able to do what he can in practice rather than have him as a spectator on PUP and being able to carry an extra linebacker. Plus it would be a minimum of six weeks before the Redskins would be able to activate him.