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Robert Griffin III to wear brace all year

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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III said Monday that he will wear a knee brace all season but doesn't expect it to restrict him on the playing field.

Robert Griffin III
Robert Griffin III said he'll wear a brace on his right knee all season, as he did Monday during the Redskins' practice.

He said his surgically repaired right knee is feeling so good that sometimes he forgets to wear the brace, as he did last week at the start of practice on the opening day of training camp, although he had the brace on by the end of that practice.

"I don't worry about my leg anymore, I just play football, and that's a sign that you're getting ready," he said.

However, he will wear the brace for the rest of this season, if not the rest of his career. That call will be made after the season based on his experience with the brace in 2013.

"I don't know if I'll wear it forever. I know I'll wear it for the rest of the season," he said.

He said the knee brace isn't a hindrance.

"You get used to it, your leg gets stronger and you can carry that extra weight," he said.

Griffin said he has experience playing with the brace, as he wore one while playing for Baylor in 2010 after tearing his ACL in 2009.

He said he thought at that time he would be wearing the brace for the rest of his career, but it came off in 2011, the year he won the Heisman Trophy.

"The next year came around and I took it off, won a Heisman and did a whole lot of other things. It just depends on how the leg feels," he said. "I don't plan on wearing it past this season, but it all depends on what happens."

Griffin has been kept out of the main 11-on-11 drills during the first few days of camp in the homestretch of his recovery from reconstructive right knee surgery. Protecting the knee is more important that perfecting the fade route, even if the quarterback is chomping at the bit to accelerate the process.

"It's not easy to sit around and watch," Griffin said. "I call it 'Operation Patience.' "

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.