RG III's recovery from surgery called 'unbelievable'

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Robert Griffin III’s recovery from knee surgery has been “unbelievable,” Dr. James Andrews has told ESPN.com.

Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III, who tore his LCL and ACL last season, is ahead of schedule in his recovery from surgery Jan. 9.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III, who tore his LCL and ACL last season, is ahead of schedule in his recovery from surgery Jan. 9.

“I’ve been real mum on talking too much about RG III. He wants his recovery to be fairly private, but I can tell you he’s way ahead of schedule. His recovery has been unbelievable so far,” Andrews said.

“RG III is one those superhumans,” Andrews added. “First patient I ever had like that was Bo Jackson. And recently I, of course, had Adrian Peterson, who is also superhuman. They have an unbelievable ability to recover, where as a normal human being may not be able to recover.”

Andrews performed surgery to repair two of Griffin’s knee ligaments on Jan. 9.

Griffin suffered a sprained LCL in Washington’s Week 14 win against the Baltimore Ravens, but returned two games later.

He then tore his LCL and ACL in a first-round playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

TEXANS: Shane Lechler didn’t miss his chance to finish his NFL career close to home after all.

Lechler signed with the Houston Texans on Saturday, returning to the area where he grew up and close to the school where he and his new coach launched their football careers.

Terms of the contract weren’t disclosed by the team.

“This team, it’s an exciting football team,” Lechler said about the Texans. “I’m very excited to get back to the postseason and I’m excited for good things to happen here.”

The 36-year-old Lechler grew up in nearby East Bernard, played at Texas A&M and now lives in Richmond. He has played his entire 13-year NFL career with Oakland.

BENGALS; Cincinnati has signed former Tampa Bay Buccaneer quarterback Josh Johnson to back up Andy Dalton.

Johnson was Tampa Bay’s fifth-round pick in 2008 and played four seasons there, starting five games. He signed with San Francisco last year but was released before the season opener.

He signed with Cleveland for the final game last season.

Johnson knows Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden from their time together at Tampa Bay.

BEARS: Chicago has agreed to a one-year contract with safety Tom Zbikowski.

The Notre Dame alum and professional boxer has appeared in 64 games with 25 starts over five seasons with Indianapolis in 2012 and with Baltimore from 2008 to 2011.

The 5-foot-11, 200-pound Zbikowski recorded 89 tackles, three interceptions, eight pass break-ups and two sacks during those seasons.

He has also appeared in eight postseason contests.

The Arlington Heights, Ill., native was selected by the Ravens in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft out of Notre Dame.


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