RG3's Recovery Is Ahead of Schedule, and More NFC East News

Brad Gagnon@Brad_Gagnon NFL National ColumnistFebruary 4, 2013

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 02:  NFL player Robert Griffin III (L) and Rebecca Liddicoat attend the 2nd Annual NFL Honors at Mahalia Jackson Theater on February 2, 2013 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
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Robert Griffin III has been kept under wraps ever since undergoing major knee surgery in early January, but the Washington Redskins quarterback was forced to make an appearance in New Orleans this past week in order to accept his Offensive Rookie of the Year Award.

And the early indications were that Griffin is on the right track. He walked the red carpet and the stage without any obvious issues, and he told the media on hand that his recovery is ahead of schedule right now.

From CSN Washington's Tarik El-Bashir:

"It's feeling good," Griffin said in his first public comments since the surgery to repair the ACL and LCL in his right knee last month. "I went through the toughest part already. So now it's about being smart. Not pushing it too much. That's what the doctors are there for, to keep me from doing too much."

He also said he's doesn't require crutches anymore and that there was "no doubt" he'd be ready for the early-September season opener

A lot can change between now and then, but RG3's recovery appears to be off to a very solid start.


On to what else is being talked about in the league's most popular division...

Dallas Cowboys

Carlos Mendez of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram has details on Jason Witten winning the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

From the Dallas Morning News: Emmitt Smith doesn't think criticism of quarterback Tony Romo has been fair.


New York Giants

From Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News: Another foot surgery for Ahmad Bradshaw

From Ebenezer Samuel of the same outlet: Steve Weatherford denies a connection to the man who allegedly provided Ray Lewis deer antler spray.


Philadelphia Eagles

From PhillyMag.com's Sheil Kapadia: Did the Eagles court Alex Smith last offseason?

CSN Philly's Jared Sherman has the Eagles taking Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner with the No. 4 overall pick.


Washington Redskins

From Dan Steinberg of the Washington Post: London Fletcher is pushing for the NFL and NFLPA to come together and impose HGH testing on players.

From Rich Tandler of Real Redskins: Vegas is down on the 'Skins for 2013.