Washington Redskins‘ Robert Griffin III reportedly had surgery early Wednesday morning to repair damage done to two ligaments in his right knee.
Orthopedist Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery in Florida. Griffin was diagnosed with a torn lateral collateral ligament (LCL) but while Dr. Andrews was in there he found and repaired damage to Griffin’s anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) believed to be lingering from a 2009 injury.
Griffin tweeted the following Wednesday morning before surgery:
[tweet https://twitter.com/RGIII/status/288983828876365824 align=’center’]
RG3 is known to be extremely determined; count on him to put everything he’s got into coming back from this injury. Recovery from the surgery will take several months, the question going forward will be how quickly into the 2013 season will RG3 be back?
The issue with Griffin’s injury is that there was damage done to both ligaments. The ACL you see regulates front-to-back motions while the LCL controls the side-to-side motions.
Since stability has to be restored to two parts, recovery could take longer. Typically when recovering from ACL injuries you can expect to take 6-8 months to heal and about 12 months before you’ve completely recovered.
Injuries similar to Griffin’s take about 8-12 months to return to play, longer to feel exactly like before suffering the injury. If all goes well it is possible we could see Robert Griffin III for the Redskins’ season opener.
All we can really do now is sit back and wait while he works his butt off to recover.
Not for the squeemish, but if you’d like to see the replay of the injury you can watch it below: