If Adrian Peterson can do it, maybe Robert Griffin III can, too.
Peterson set an incredible standard this season for NFL players returning from major knee surgery, nearly breaking the NFL single-season rushing record. Griffin need look nowhere else for an inspiration as the Washington Redskins quarterback begins the road back from an operation Wednesday on two ligaments in his right knee.
“I think it gives motivation to everyone,” said Russ Paine, a physical therapist in Houston who worked with the Peterson as the Minnesota Vikings running back went through rehab.
Griffin had his lateral collateral ligament repaired and his ACL reconstructed for a second time. The surgery was performed in Florida by orthopedist Dr. James Andrews, who was optimistic that Griffin would be back on the field this fall.
“We expect a full recovery, and it is everybody’s hope and belief that due to Robert’s high motivation, he will be ready for the 2013 season,” Andrews said. “The goal of his treatment is to give him the best opportunity for a long professional career.”
Eagles interview Kelly
Philadelphia interviewed Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly on Tuesday for their coaching vacancy, a person familiar with the meeting told the Associated Press.
Around the league
Carolina has hired New York Giants senior pro personnel analyst David Gettleman as its new general manager. … San Diego has hired Tom Telesco from the Colts as its new general manager. … The agent for Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians said that his client has been released from an Indianapolis hospital and that they are finalizing details to begin interviewing for head coaching jobs. … Rob Chudzinski, Carolina’s offensive coordinator for two years, interviewed for the Cleveland head job. … New Orleans coach Sean Payton has finalized a five-year contract extension that will run through the 2017 season. … Green Bay received good news with the return of RB James Starks, who missed the last five games with a knee injury. … Tennessee QB Tyler Bray, receivers Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson and DE Darrington Sentimore are bypassing their senior seasons to enter the NFL draft.