RGIII’s rehab of torn ACL ahead of schedule, according to father

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) reacts to an injury during the second half of the NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks at FedEx Field. The Seahawks won 24-14. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) reacts to an injury during the second half of the NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks at FedEx Field. The Seahawks won 24-14. (Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports)

There is no doubting who the face of the Washington Redskins franchise is, despite his status as a rookie in 2012. All eyes in the city have been glued to the rehab process of superstar quarterback Robert Griffin III’s knee after he sustained a torn ACL in last year’s playoff loss to Seattle.

On Friday, those fans received some great news from an extremely reliable source: His own father, Griffin II.

“Robert is doing extremely well as far as the timetable,” Robert Griffin II told USA Today Sports. “He’s been doing a lot over time, he never stops.

“He was throwing some prior to the draft. Everything seems to be on cue. Everybody in the organization is targeting that season opener. …

“He might be a little ahead of himself in terms of doing what he did then compared to now,” RGII said. “He’s smarter, stronger, wiser.”

The 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year took it a step further even, letting the world know that he was making roll out passes on a Friday, when most folks are headed home for the weekend.

Of course, if RGIII really wants to show that his father is correct — and that the younger has learned and gleaned wisdom from his first ACL tear while in college — he may want to slow things down just a little bit.

As of writing, Griffin is only four months removed from the tear itself on an injury that can take at least a full year to heal in some cases (just ask Derrick Rose).

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan understands exactly that.

“What you don’t want is to do something too quick,” Shanahan said, again according to USA Today. “The muscles around the ligaments feel very good. But you don’t want to do something to set it back.

“One thing we’re getting Robert to do — and the doctors are telling him: ‘You can only do so much at this point in the rehab program.’

“We’re just trying not to push him too hard.”

That being said, of course, ‘Skins fans should definitely get excited for the potential return of their star tournament.

MORE: Robert Griffin III is also set to marry fiancee Rebecca Liddicoat this summer