Orthopedic surgeon James Andrews said Wednesday that he repaired one ligament in the right knee of Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and reconstructed another for the second time, according to a statement released by the team.
The surgeon said “it is everybody’s hope and belief” that Griffin “will be ready for the 2013 season.” Andrews performed about five hours of surgery on the Redskins injured star quarterback Wednesday morning.
“Robert Griffin III had successful knee surgery early this morning. He had a direct repair of his LCL and a re-do of his previous ACL reconstruction,” the statement said. “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.”
The team had previously declined any comment on, or confirmation of, Griffin’s surgery. Griffin is expected to stay in Florida for the forseeable future as he begins his recovery and rehabilitation from the surgery.
Griffin previously tore his right ACL in 2009 while he was playing for Baylor University.
No one can truly predict yet how long it will take for Griffin to recover. Three orthopedic surgeons familiar with the type of procedure Griffin had – but not involved in his case – said the quarterback could face a lengthy road back.
Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan on Monday cited the rapid recovery of Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson, who tore his ACL against Washington on Dec. 24, 2011, and recovered by the start of the 2012 season. Peterson fell nine yards shy of the NFL’s single-season rushing record.
But, like the medical experts, people within the Redskins organization also believe it is optimistic to expect that Griffin could return to full strength by the start of the 2013 season in September.
Griffin suffered a Grade 1 sprain of his LCL on Dec. 9 and missed one game before returning for the final two regular season contests. He wore a bulky brace and lacked his usual speed and mobility.
He aggravated the same injury at some point in last Sunday’s playoff loss to Seattle. Initially, he appeared to hurt it while rolling to his right and trying to throw back across his body in the first quarter. Griffin hobbled through the next 2-1/2 quarters before he was sacked for a 12-yard loss in the fourth quarter.
On the following play, Griffin scrambled for a loose ball and his knee buckled without any contact. He left the game for good, and several hours later, an MRI suggested at least partial tears to both ligaments.