Robert Griffin III and orthopedic surgeon James Andrews created a stir this week when they gave separate updates on the Redskins quarterback’s recovery from a January knee reconstruction and his chances of returning to action by the start of the 2013 season.

Andrews described Griffin as “way ahead of schedule” and “superhuman” in his recovery accomplishments thus far. Then, Griffin issued a statement reiterating his intention of returning by Week 1. The interesting part of what Griffin had to say came in the second paragraph, when he said, “I know where my responsibility is within the dilemma that led to me having surgery to repair my knee and all parties involved know their responsibilities as well. I’m looking forward to playing the game we all love so much again and not behind at the negative.”

Griffin seemed to say something without saying much of anything.

The responsibility tied to Griffin’s health has been debated often – from the time that he suffered a concussion while running the ball in Week 5 versus Atlanta, to the initial knee injury he suffered in Week 14 against Baltimore, again during his return in Week 16 after a one-game absence and throughout the playoff matchup with Seattle, where Griffin tweaked his knee early in the game and continued to play until seriously injuring it further and having to leave the game for good in the fourth quarter.

The day after the game, as the Redskins, their fans and the NFL world waited to see how extensive the damage was, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan was questioned on what responsibility fell upon him to protect his franchise quarterback. The questions continued when everyone learned Griffin would need to have his anterior cruciate ligament reconstructed and torn lateral collateral ligament and meniscus in the same knee repaired.

Was it Shanahan’s responsibility to bench Griffin to protect him from further injury? Was it Griffin’s responsibility to tell coaches and doctors whether or not he was really able to play? Or Kyle Shanahan’s responsibility to call plays that kept Griffin in the pocket? Are Andrews and the team’s trainers responsible for not pulling the plug as they watched the quarterback hobble all over the field and up and down the sideline?

Responsibility is something that has been asked about often, but the Redskins camp has always responded vaguely.