VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) - It appears the most important knee joint in Washington, DC is ready for action. Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan says, "We had a game plan for Robert and it has gone as planned. There has been no swelling and no setbacks, so so far so good."While all has gone as hoped for Shanahan, you never really know what to expect from a player.
He has cleared all his tests, but Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has yet to face live contact on his rebuilt knee. How will it hold up Monday night against the Eagles? A couple of local knee specialists express reasons for concern.
Dr. Pat O'Connell is an orthopedic surgeon at the Virginia Institute for Sports Medicine. He's repaired countless knees and says while RG3 has been cleared to play, the biggest hurdle has yet to be cleared. "It's one thing to hold up to running, stopping, twisting and planting, but it's a whole new thing to being hit on the knee and finding out how well the knee joint holds up to contact."
All reports show that RG3 has excelled in his rehabilitation. Physical therapist Andy Altman at Atlantic Physical Therapy says the team around RG3 would not put him back into full contact until he was 100 percent ready. "There are some concerns with the strength in his leg and the flexibility but having seen many of these, I assure you with the team he has around him, yes he is 100 percent."
While RG3 hopes to outrun the Eagles defense Monday night, he can't outrun his personal history of knee injuries and according to O'Connell, past data does not favor a long healthy career in a violent sport. "The literature clearly states that someone who has already had an ACL tear is at higher risk of getting another than somebody who has not had one. So even though someone has had a great reconstruction, who has rehabbed is still at higher risk to re-injure that knee."
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