On the day of the Super Bowl, ESPN's Adam Schefter said that it was a "near certainty" that Robert Griffin III's knee injury would force him to start the season on the PUP list. Now, 11 days later, he has some more encouraging news.

Today Schefter tweeted the following:

Redskins officials already are encouraged enough with @rgiii's recovery to believe he has a legitimate chance to start on opening day.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 14, 2013
This has been the team's public stance all along but Schefter's earlier reports indicated that the organization's confidence level was less than they were expressing to the world.

Griffin was able to make it to the NFL honors ceremony the night before the Super Bowl to receive the Offensive Rookie of the year award and he appeared to be walking without much of a limp. Whether this is an indication of solid--or even extraordinary--progress in his rehab, nobody but the team and Dr. James Andrews, who performed the surgery, really knows.

We do know that we are a long way, a few months at least, from really knowing if Griffin will be ready for the season opener, which will take place on September 8 or 9. But his appearance in New Orleans and information like the tweet from Schefter, who is pretty well wired into the Redskins organization, are signs that there have not been any setbacks in his rehab and that news is about as good as the Redskins and their fans can hope for at this stage.