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Robert Griffin III Had Surgery To Repair ACL, LCL In Right Knee

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

(Originally posted 1/9/13, 1:07 p.m.; Updated 1/9/13, 11:03 p.m.)

Robert Griffin III underwent surgery Wednesday morning on the ACL and LCL in his right knee with the goal of being ready to play at the start of the Washington Redskins’ 2013 season.

Griffin III

The operation was performed by James Andrews, the team’s official orthopedist, at the Andrews Institute for Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine in Pensacola, Fla.

A football player recovering from surgery on a torn ACL typically needs approximately nine months before he can return to action, though the exact timetable for Griffin’s return depends on a variety of factors, including the severity of his injury, his rehabilitation process and the healing process of his body.

Andrews described the surgery as being “successful” in a statement issued by the medical center that afternoon.

“He had a direct repair of his LCL and a re-do of his previous ACL reconstruction,” Andrews said in the statement. “We expect a full recovery and it is everybody’s hope and belief that due to Robert’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.”

Andrews examined Griffin on Tuesday, at which time it was determined that he would need to have the LCL repaired. Upon further examination, Andrews decided it would be best to operate on the quarterback’s ACL as well.

Griffin previously tore the ACL in 2009, when he was a sophomore at Baylor. Mark Adickes, a former Redskins offensive lineman who also played at Baylor, performed the original operation.

The quarterback originally sprained the LCL a month ago in the Redskins’ game against Baltimore, but he sustained additional damage Sunday in the team’s playoff loss to Seattle.

Head coach Mike Shanahan told NFL Network on Tuesday that he believed Griffin did not injure the knee while trying to recover a loose ball midway through the fourth quarter, but rather on the play before it – a 12-yard sack by Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin.

Griffin expressed confidence in his return in a message he posted on his Twitter account Wednesday at 7:21 a.m.

“Thank you for your prayers and support,” Griffin wrote. “I love God, my family, my team, the fans, [and] I love this game. See you guys next season.”

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