RG III now allowed to run fast

The Washington Redskins practiced today, and rehabbing quarterback Robert Griffin III was out there with them, throwing a couple of passes here and there and mainly watching from the sidelines. But Griffin did something today that he hadn't done since before the reconstructive knee surgery he had back in January, according to John Keim:

But there was progress in his recovery as Griffin was cleared to do some running. So, while players performed special teams drills, Griffin sprinted the width of the field with other teammates who were rehabilitating.

Griffin had said last week he was two weeks from doing explosive sprinting. He was not going full speed, but was still moving fast alongside rookies Jordan Reed and Chris Thompson.

“I was kind of explosive sprinting there,” he said. “Jordan and those guys like to show off for you guys and the cameras so I have to make sure they don’t beat me. The next month will be the month where I start doing explosive sprinting and cutting. It will be good to do that stuff for a month and then a month before camp so I’m ready to go.”

The Redskins (and their fans) are monitoring every step in Griffin's recovery, which by all accounts has been going quite well. It's still too early to know for sure whether he'll be ready for the start of training camp or Week 1 of the regular season, but he is working with those goals in mind while trying to take care not to get injured again:

“It’s been a journey. Everyone gets to see the flowers and roses side of it, out here running, throwing, feeling good about it and having a little energy and bounce in your step. I’ve had to be patiently aggressive this whole time, let my body heal and be aggressive where I can.”

Griffin is a long-term priority and investment for the Redskins, so if he has a setback or his recovery slows and they have to back up his timetable a bit, they will do that. They're prepared to go through the offseason with backup Kirk Cousins as the starting quarterback, and they feel OK about Cousins' ability to help them win a regular-season game or two for them if need be. The ideal situation is to have Griffin healthy for 16 games this season, but it's just as important that he's healthy for 16 games in 2014 and again in 2015 and so on.

So while these recovery updates are fun and encouraging, it's important for Redskins fans to understand how far away the season still is, how much still lies between Griffin and his ability to play at full strength and where the priorities do and should lie for the team.