Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III had surgery on Wednesday to repair both the lateral collateral and anterior cruciate ligaments in his right knee, Mark Maske of the Washington Post reports.
According to Maske, the surgery, which began at 7 a.m. ET, was performed by orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Florida. The procedure was completed just after noon eastern and Griffin plans to remain in Florida to conduct his rehabilitation.
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Griffin was scheduled to undergo surgery to repair the LCL, which was initially sprained on Dec. 9 and was re-injured during Sunday’s 24-14 playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. During Wednesday’s procedure, Dr. Andrews examined the ACL and determined that ligament was damaged and “needs to be stronger”, so it was repaired along with the previously diagnosed LCL injury.
Dr. Andrews, through the Redskins, released the following statement on Twitter:
“@RGIII had successful knee surgery early this morning. He had a direct repair of his LCL and a re-do of his previous ACL reconstruction. We expect a full recovery and it is everybody’s hope and belief that due to @RGIII’s high motivation, he will be ready for the 2013 season. The goal of his treatment is to give him the best opportunity for a long professional career.”
There have been conflicting reports over the timeline of Griffin’s recovery.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that, barring any setbacks, Griffin could be out anywhere from six-to-eight months, which would have the No. 2 overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft back in time for 2013 training camp or at least the start of the 2013 regular season. The Washington Post consulted with a Dr. James C. Dreese of the University of Maryland who believes surgery to repair the LCL could result in a recovery time frame of eight-to-12 months, which would sideline Griffin for the entirety of next season. Eric Adelson of Yahoo! Sports spoke to University of Central Florida orthopedic doctor Michael Jablonski, who was trained by Dr. Andrews, who also put the normal recovery time in the eight-to-12 month range.
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Griffin is the favorite to win the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award after completing 258-of-393 pass attempts for 3,200 yards with 20 touchdowns and five interceptions while adding 815 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground as the Redskins won their first NFC East title since 1999.
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