Thom Loverro: For Redskins' RG3, once more, with healing

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Renown orthopedic surgeon James Andrews put on his Redskins beanie last week and told the world that SuperBob -- quarterback Robert Griffin III -- was "ahead of schedule" in his comeback from knee surgery.

"We have him well on his way," Andrews told the NFL Network. "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."

I guess that is a thumbs up.

Yahoo! Sports followed that up with a report that "the feeling from some of those close to Griffin is that both the team -- which took great criticism for allowing Griffin to play through injury in the playoffs against Seattle -- and others around Griffin will put undue pressure on him to return too quickly and risk reinjuring the knee."

And last week Adidas began an ad campaign to cash in on SuperBob's torn knee ligaments, declaring that he was "All in for Week One."

But SuperBob himself followed that up with tweets that seemed to take some air out of Adidas' message.

"Feel like I need to say this," SuperBob wrote in the first tweet. "Although my goal is to start Week 1, that doesn't mean I will compromise my career to do so."

He followed that with, "Starting Week 1 will be the result of healing, hard work, dedication & God's anointing. No rush, just determination."

Welcome to the 2013 version of Peyton Manning's neck.

Last year the No. 1 story of the NFL offseason was Manning. He had some sort of Frankenstein-like fusion operation. Could he play again? Would he play again? And where he would play since he was leaving the Indianapolis Colts?

We were reduced to grainy videos supposedly of Manning working out at Duke University before he finally took the field for the Denver Broncos in training camp.

SuperBob is not in the same situation. He isn't going anywhere. No one is speculating whether he will play again, though there is legitimate speculation about whether SuperBob will play as well as he did in his award-winning rookie season.

But like Manning's neck, SuperBob's reconstructed right knee will be the No. 1 topic of discussion for the NFL offseason and likely into training camp. Every public appearance will be scrutinized. Did he limp? How comfortable did he seem?

Everyone will be asked about SuperBob's recovery. It will be the Strasburg question. It likely will surface at a White House news conference at some point.

None of this helps Redskins fans, who will be faced with wondering who to believe.

Examiner columnist Thom Loverro is the co-host of "The Sports Fix" from noon to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday on ESPN980 and espn980.com. Contact him at tloverro@washingtonexaminer.com.

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