Doctor who did RG3's 2009 ACL surgery expects him back in 2013
The doctor who performed the first ACL replacement on Robert Griffin III’s right knee in 2009 said he anticipates the Redskins’ quarterback will return to his previous form after Wednesday’s surgery to fix the ligament for a second time.
Houston-based Dr. Mark Adickes also said he wouldn’t be surprised to see RG3 calling signals when the team opens the 2013 season in September.
“The slowest thing to recover from is the ACL,” said Adickes, who starred at Baylor before playing professionally for the Chiefs and Redskins. “And he also had the graft taken from his [left] leg, which is going to slow the initial recovery down because he really doesn’t have a good leg to stand on until he starts to recover.”
Griffin had the LCL and ACL in his right knee repaired Wednesday morning by renowned orthopedic surgeon James Andrews in Florida. Andrews issued a statement saying he anticipates a full recovery for RG3, and that he’ll be ready for the 2013 season, but he has not discussed the injury in-depth.
“I think an eight-month timetable is very, very realistic,” Adickes continued, speaking to Comcast SportsNet’s Chick Hernandez. “Robert is an absolute animal. He was back on the field four months after his initial ACL. We literally spent all of our time trying to slow him down. He’s a smart guy, he’s a courageous guy, he’s a tough guy, obviously. He has incredibly strong legs. I would not be surprised if he was back on the field for the regular season opener.”
Asked if he would have any concerns about putting Griffin back on the field in September following a second surgery on the same knee, Adickes said he would not – as long as he’s 100-percent.
“If he’s 100-percent ready to go, and he has a few practices under his belt, and he can play in the regular season opener then great,” Adickes said. “If he’s has some setbacks or is having some pain or whatever it might be, then I would slow him down. If he has to miss the entire season, he has to miss the entire season. But I don’t see that happening. I really don’t. I don’t think this is going to be a 12-month, 13-month thing.”
Adickes also said he expects Griffin return to eventually regain his Pro Bowl form.
“I would expect him to come back and still be able to be the kind of quarterback he was this season, be able to run the ball when he needs to,” he said. “Obviously, I want him slide and go out of bounds as much as possible. But that being said, I would expect him to be just as dynamic as he was this season, both running the ball and throwing the ball.”