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Robert Griffin III says he's 'not below 100 percent'

By Will Brinson | NFL Writer

Robert Griffin III says he's 'not below 100 percent.'
Robert Griffin III says he's 'not below 100 percent.' (USATSI)

Have you heard? Robert Griffin III had knee surgery this offseason. The Redskins quarterback, his knee and his coach have been under the microscope all summer long and finally, mercifully, it appears we're going to get to talk real, live RG3-related football.

Griffin's slated to play against the Eagles in Week 1 on Monday Night Football, a killer primetime game worth ignoring your family for, and he said in a recent interview with ESPN 980 in Washington that he's "not below 100 percent."

"I would say I'm 100 percent, but you can't put a number on it," Griffin told ESPN 980 Radio in D.C. "No one ever knows when they are 100 percent or what percentage they're playing at. The biggest thing is, I'm not below 100 percent."

Confused? Don't be. It's a common theme around the sports world to demand a specific percentage on someone's injury. And obviously everyone's striving for maximum healing which is, naturally, 100 percent. But Griffin doesn't want to say "Yes I'm [bleep]ing healthy. 100 [bleep]ing percent!"

If he did, people would wonder why he's not out on the practice field doing 100 percent of the Redskins activities. People would wonder why he's not playing in the preseason. Clearly, though, he's ready to step on the field.

"If I had to run a 40 today at the combine in my underwear, I feel like I could run a 4.3-something," Griffin said.

That seems unnecessary. But it's nice to know that Griffin is feeling fast -- if he can fire out a 4.3 40 just a few months removed from ACL surgery, he truly might be superhuman.

Especially terrifying for opposing defenses is the notion that Griffin feels better now than he did after originally injuring his knee in Week 14 of 2012, when he took a nasty hit from the Ravens Haloti Ngata.

"I'm better than that right now," Griffin said. "In my mind it's been clicked for a long time, but for my body it clicked during the pregame in the last game when I went out there in full pads and I was running around and throwing and doing stuff."

Whatever the case, though, Griffin would set himself up for failure by putting an absolute number on an uncertain situation. Mike Shanahan's also probably asked him not to put a specific number on his rehab.

So in order to maintain everyone's best interests, Griffin's playing the PR card. And he's playing it well.

 
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