Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III reacts after getting injured during the fourth quarter of the NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks at FedEx Field.(Photo: Brad Mills, USA TODAY Sports)
(USA Today) -- Given the mixed messages hovering around Robert Griffin III's recovery from reconstructive knee surgery, his progress will undoubtedly be one of the offseason's most closely monitored stories.
Here's the latest update from his famous physician.
"We have him well on his way," James Andrews told NFL Network on Friday.
"His recovery is way ahead of schedule so far. We don't have to do much but try to hold him back if you want to know the truth. Our whole mode for him though is to do what is best for his career, not necessarily what is best for the first game next season. So all of that has to be put on hold and let him get well."
So now the Washington Redskins quarterback is "way ahead of schedule."
What that schedule actually spells out is anyone's guess.
RGIII's father told USA TODAY Sports' Jim Corbett last month that he thought his son would be ready for the opener of the 2013 season even as his right knee heals from a procedure that included an ACL repair.
Adidas jumped on the bandwagon with its "All in for Week 1" ad campaign.
That's when Griffin III himself tapped the brakes, tweeting Tuesday: "Feel like I need to say this..Although my goal is to start Week 1, that doesn't mean I will compromise my career to do so."
Now Andrews is straddling the line between optimism and caution.
But you can expect that line to remain blurry for at least the next 6½ months, or at least until we see RGIII blurring out of the pocket on an option play. Until then, expect Griffin's comeback trail to be littered with plenty of pro and con updates.