Mike Shanahan: 'Robert Griffin III ahead of schedule'

Washington Redskins' Robert Griffin III on November 22, 2012
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Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan says that Robert Griffin III is ahead of schedule in his recovery from knee surgery.

Mike Shanahan has said that Robert Griffin III is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a knee ligament surgery.

The Washington Redskins quarterback, who was named offensive rookie of the year in 2012, is a doubt for the start of next season after undergoing an operation to repair tears to two ligaments in his knee in January.

The team's head coach told reporters: "Robert is doing well, he's getting some great work in here, working out a couple times a day, about six hours a day, seven hours.

"He is ahead of schedule according to Larry [Hess, the team's head athletic trainer]. That means the muscles are stronger than they anticipated and he is doing everything he can to be ready for this season.

"Is he going to be ready? I have no idea. I'm sure keeping my fingers crossed. And if work has anything to do with it, he probably will."

The 23-year-old led the Redskins to the NFC East title and the playoffs during his first season with the side.

Washington Redskins' Robert Griffin III on December 3, 2012
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