RGIII reportedly surprising Redskins with his progress


When Robert Griffin III was asked last month by NFL.com's Albert Breer if he'd be healthy for the start of training camp, the Washington Redskins quarterback confidently replied, "Without a doubt."

So far, the signs are good. His long speed is back, he's cutting again and Griffin even walks without any sign of a limp when the brace is removed from his surgically repaired knee. Still, Chris Russell of ESPN Radio in Washington tweeted Saturday that the Redskins have yet to set a time or date to clear their starting passer, according to a source "very involved on the medical side."

The source did acknowledge that whatever test the team's medical staff puts before Griffin, "he completely smashes it." According to the source, the Redskins are "astonished" by his progress.

In late June, backup quarterback Kirk Cousins told NFL Network's "NFL AM" that RGIII "looked awesome" at the tail end of spring practices.

"I'm not just saying that," Cousins said. "Obviously, he is a bit of a freak in terms of his athleticism, but he's healed very quickly."

Below a waterfall of glowing reports, it's hard to imagine Griffin not under center come Week 1. By the sound of it, his return to field might be old news by then.

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