Robert Griffin III can relate to much of Derrick Rose's recovery from a torn ACL, but the Washington Redskins quarterback said Wednesday he has not experienced soreness in his knee as Rose has in his return.
"No, I didn't have any [soreness]," said Griffin, who had ACL and LCL surgery in January. "It's a blessing. Every knee injury and knee surgery is a little bit different. It's not a shot at anyone else if they come back and have knee soreness, it's just how their body reacts to it. I was lucky enough not to have that."
Rose experienced soreness in his left knee during a practice on Friday and was held out of the Bulls' preseason game against the Washington Wizards in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday as a precaution. He practiced Monday and Tuesday and is expected to play on Wednesday against the Detroit Pistons in his first game at the United Center since April 2012.
"Of course I wouldn't want it to be sore but it's just something that happened and I'm alright right now," Rose said on Monday. "Going into [the process], you hear about it, but when it actually happened, it surprised everyone. Like I said, I could have played in the game but they made a decision and I just listened to them."
Griffin returned for the Redskins' regular-season opener eight months after surgery. Griffin has started all five games this season, completing 59.8 percent of his passes while throwing six touchdowns and five interceptions and rushing for 149 yards. Washington will face the Chicago Bears on Sunday at Fed Ex Field.
Rose had surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee in May 2012 and missed the entire 2012-13 season. He played in the first two preseason games, averaging 13 points in about 20 minutes of action.