ESPN Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will undergo total reconstructive surgery of his right knee early Wednesday morning to repair torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments, but he is expected to be ready for the opener of the 2013 NFL regular season, according to team sources familiar with the determination made by orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews.The torn ACL was diagnosed late Tuesday as a complete tear of the patella graft that was used to repair Griffin’s torn ACL suffered at Baylor in 2009. A team source said Andrews likely will use a patella graft from Griffin’s left knee to repair the most recent tear. Griffin’s recovery is projected at six to eight months, barring any setbacks, sources said. The rehabilitation plan will focus primarily on strengthening Griffin’s quadriceps to help protect and help stabilize the knee, according to sources. The reconstruction of the LCL is considered a complication, but sources said Andrews informed the Redskins it should rehab well during the same six-to-eight month time frame as the ACL injury. Under this projected time frame of surgery, recovery and rehab, Griffin should be able to participate at some level during training camp in August and be ready to open the season in September, according to the sources.
This is horrible news for Redskins fans and fans of football in general, because this is simply a devastating injury to RGIII, one of the brightest young NFL stars we have seen in the past 25 years.
We all saw Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson come back from a torn ACL in 7 months and nearly break the NFL All-Time rushing record, which gives Griffin hope, but this injury feels different. Peterson is a physical freak cut from granite, he may be some sort of human/lion hybrid, and his knee injury was his first.
This injury is the second time that Robert Griffin III has torn the ACL in his right knee, and if the Redskins rush him back from this injury and he injures it again, his career could be in jeopardy.
The Redskins have another young capable quarterback in fellow rookie Kirk Cousins, who they drafted in case this very scenario, the worst case scenario actually happened.
The Redskins brass has to take their time and make sure Robert Griffin III recovers 100% from this injury and returns to his former greatness. It can happen, but despite medical advancements, I doubt it can happen by the start of the 2013 NFL season.
This is the type of injury that could alter RGIII’s career. Will he have the same burst, explosion and big play ability? Will he spend more time in the pocket and decide to remove the scrambling aspect of his game which makes him so dangerous?
The bad news for Redskins fans is, for the rest of Robert Griffin III’s career, you will be holding your breath. Every time he is trying to avoid the rush and takes a big hit, every time he gets up a little slow, every time he plants his foot in the turf and it just doesn’t look right you’ll think “is this it?”