by Brad Biggs
January 09, 02013
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is undergoing a complete resconstruction of his right knee this morning as torn ACL and LCL ligaments are being repaired.
ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported first that it would be a complete reconstruction after the quarterback was injured playing on the bad knee in Sunday’s wild-card round loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Now, the question is how long Griffin will be sidelined. It’s one no one can answer at this point. But an Adrian Peterson-like recovery might not be realistic. Two things complicate the injury for Griffin. First, this is the second time he has had a torn ACL. Second, combined with a reconstructed LCL, it can take longer for Griffin to recover.
According to Mortensen, a patella graft from Griffin’s left knee will be used to repair the most recent tear. If there are no complications, Mortensen speculates recovery could take six to eight months. That seems a little generous but Griffin is an amazing athlete. Either way, he will miss pretty much the entire offseason program.
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