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Robert Griffin III will undergo surgery on Wednesday to repair torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments in his right knee, according to a report on ESPN.com. The good news in this is that it appears that Griffin will not miss any regular season games as a result of the injury.
Citing a source familiar with the diagnosis of the knee made by Dr. James Andrews, who examined Griffin on Tuesday, Chris Mortensen reported that the recovery time is expected to be 6-8 months, which means that Griffin should be ready for the start of the 2013 season.
Mortensen said on SportsCenter that the Redskins were told to expect a rehab period of about six months, with the extra two months allowing for any setbacks.
A six-month rehab would have Griffin ready to participate in early July. Training camp will be scheduled to start sometime near the end of July. If it takes eight months, that would have him ready in early September. The Sunday NFL season openers will take place on September 8.
It was reported yesterday that Griffin would undergo surgery to repair the torn LCL and that a determination on what needed to be done to the ACL would be made after looking in the knee. However, Mortensen said that Andrews “was able to make the determination that Griffin did, in fact, tear his ACL” and they went ahead and planned the reconstructive surgery.
Update: According to Pro Football Talk, the surgery is schedule to take place at about 7 a.m. Eastern time. At about that time, Griffin tweeted out the following:
Thank you for your prayers and support. I love God, my family, my team, the fans, & I love this game. See you guys next season.— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) January 9, 2013