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Reports: Robert Griffin III Has Torn LCL In Right Knee, Will Require Surgery

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

(Originally posted 1/8/12, 7:23 p.m.; Updated 1/8/13, 7:49 p.m.)

An examination of Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III’s right knee revealed Tuesday that he tore the LCL and will require surgery, according to reports by national outlets.

Griffin III

A team spokesman could not confirm the reports Tuesday night, saying only that an announcement would be made “at the appropriate time.” Asked when that time would be, the spokesman said he did not know. A request to speak to Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan regarding the extent of Griffin’s injury was not immediately answered.

Griffin traveled to Pensacola, Fla. on Tuesday to meet with James Andrews, the team’s orthopedist, to undergo an additional examination on the knee. An MRI exam was taken following the Redskins’ 24-14 loss to Seattle on Sunday in the wild card round of the NFC playoffs, but the results were inconclusive given Griffin’s lingering LCL sprain and the damage he sustained to the ACL while he was a sophomore at Baylor in 2009.

According to NFL Network, Andrews will operate on Griffin’s LCL by the end of the week, at which time the ACL in the knee will be examined as well. It is not uncommon for a second damaged ligament to be repaired at the same time.

The typical recovery time from a torn LCL is approximately three to four months, while surgery on a torn ACL would lead to a recovery of approximately nine months to a year. A report by CBS Sports said the team is expecting Griffin to be able to return before the beginning of next season.

Griffin originally sprained the LCL in his right knee Dec. 9 against Baltimore when he was hit by Ravens nose tackle Haloti Ngata while scrambling. He missed the Dec. 16 game at Cleveland and returned Dec. 23 at Philadelphia, but he was significantly limited in that game and in the final game of the regular season Dec. 30 against Dallas.

The quarterback’s knee originally buckled as he tried to plant his right foot while running late in the first quarter on Sunday, and he then left the game midway through the fourth quarter after he twisted the leg while trying to recover a loose ball on a bad snap that went past him.

After the Baltimore game, Griffin said he knew “what an ACL feels like and it doesn’t feel like an ACL.” But asked again Sunday after the Seattle game to describe the feeling in his knee, he couldn’t do so.

“Honestly, it’s up in the air for me right now,” Griffin said. “I know coming off the field, I thought it was just the same thing, but right now, we’ll see what it is. No matter what it is, our season’s over right now. I’ve just got to make sure I get back healthy no matter what the injury is.”

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