Despite hashtag drama, RGIII won't risk career to start opener

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His approach: 'No rush,

just determination'

When a Robert Griffin III tweet about his new advertisement included the phrase #allinforweek1, a mini-eruption occurred on Twitter. And that compelled Griffin to follow up with more tweets, calming the nerves of fans worried about a hurried comeback.

He tweeted, "Feel like I need to say this..Although my goal is to start Week 1, that doesn't mean I will compromise my career to do so."

And he later tweeted, "Starting Week 1 will be the result of healing, hard work , dedication [and] God's anointing. No rush, just determination."

All Griffin does in the ad for Adidas is read the script, bench press a little and perform a rope drill while seated. Other athletes perform drills that require running or jumping.

In the ad, Griffin does not reference his surgically-repaired knee. Rather, he's talking about any successes or failures he -- or any player -- had in 2012.

He says: "Blow up last season. Every win. Every loss. Every headline. Blow it all up. Cause all that matters is what you do next."

Griffin, of course, is recovering from offseason knee surgery -- he needed his right anterior cruciate ligament reconstructed and his lateral collateral ligament and medial meniscus repaired.

Other doctors familiar with the type of surgery he needed have said a six-to-eight month recovery is reasonable. That would allow him to be ready for the season opener. And last week general manager Bruce Allen said Griffin was "on schedule or ahead of schedule." But even Allen said there's no way to know for sure when Griffin will return, saying, "This will be an ongoing thing throughout the summer."

No surgery planned for Garcon's right foot
Receiver Pierre Garcon won't need surgery to repair a plantar plate in his right foot this offseason barring a setback, according to a league source. Garcon did not know after the season whether or not he'd need surgery, but his foot is healing and more rest is the prescription, the source said.

If the foot had been that bad, Garcon likely would have needed surgery during the season or shortly after it ended. But the Redskins and Garcon wanted to see how his foot and toe progressed in the offseason to see whether surgery would be needed.

Coach Mike Shanahan had said Garcon likely would see specialists in the offseason to determine the course of action. Garcon hasn't been running on it, so the foot has finally had an extended period of rest to let it heal. The source said Garcon should be "100 percent" by next year.

Garcon said he started feeling pain in the foot during training camp, but it became an issue in the first quarter of the season opening win at New Orleans. Garcon missed seven of the next nine weeks. But he was effective in the last nine games, catching 40 passes for 530 yards and three touchdowns.

jkeim@washingtonexaminer.com

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