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              FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2013, file photo, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III passes the ball during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Landover, Md. Griffin has won The Associated Press 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award, beating out two other sensational first-year quarterbacks, it was announced on Saturday, Feb. 2, 1013. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
              FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2013, file photo, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III passes the ball during the second half of an NFL wild card playoff football game against the Seattle Seahawks in Landover, Md. Griffin has won The Associated Press 2012 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award, beating out two other sensational first-year quarterbacks, it was announced on Saturday, Feb. 2, 1013. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)   

Injured star quaterback poised to start 2013 season, says Redskins insider

Although Washington Redskins quarterback and 2012 NFL Associated Press Rookie of the Year Robert Griffin III is still recovering from reconstructive knee surgery, team officials believe he will be ready to start by the first week of regulation play later this year.

More than a month has passed since Griffin — or “RG3,” as he has come to be known– underwent reconstructive knee surgery.

“Those who know him insist he is a physical freak, not unlike Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who was able to rush for 2,097 yards and win the MVP award the season after undergoing major knee surgery,” writes ESPN.

Griffin set the NFL record for best passer rating by a rookie quarterback last year and led Washington to its first NFC East title in 13 years.