RG3 to have knee surgery on torn ligament
Robert Griffin III visited orthopedist James Andrews and took an MRI to determine seriousness of the injury which has aggravated ever since it occurred nearly a month ago. The initial MRI scan showed possibility of tears to two ligaments in Robert Griffin III’s knee, although Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan declared the results as inconclusive. Robert Griffin III again met with doctors on Tuesday to determine if there was damage to his second ligament, the anterior cruciate as well or was it just a reflection of previous injury in the MRI.
The Washington Redskins rookie previously tore the ACL in his left knee while playing as a sophomore quarterback at Baylor University in 2009.
The Washington Redskins are still seeking the “appropriate time” and full diagnosis of Robert Griffin III’s knee injury to make a formal announcement regarding their next step.
However, the torn LCL could mean a lengthy rehabilitation for Robert Griffin III, who will likely miss the start of the 2013 regular season as well, whereas a torn MCL is an more serious injury that requires a recovery period of 9-12 months.
Robert Griffin III initially sprained his LCL in the 6th December win over the Baltimore Ravens. An MRI exam of the knee revealed that it wasn’t such a serious injury.
"Robert has a mild strain of the LCL. It's Grade 1. He's had some mild swelling,” said Mike Shanahan back then. “He had his right knee repaired — his ACL — in 2009. That looks great. No problem there."
But as the Washington Redskins entered a win at-any-cost stretch in their final stretch of regular season game, Robert Griffin III was reintroduced to the starting lineup. Playing through the injury only worsened Robert Griffin III’s knee condition. His struggles were obvious during the Washington Redskins' 24-14 playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday when Robert Griffin III planted his on his injured leg while throwing an incomplete pass. Robert Griffin III endured further pain in the fourth quarter when his knee buckled awkwardly.
The game brought a lot of criticism towards Mike Shanahan that he should have kept Robert Griffin III playing despite the quarterback’s insistence to remain in the game, which ultimately pilled even more serious injuries. Executive Director of the NFL Players Association DeMaurice Smith revealed on Tuesday that the union is looking into the Washington Redskins coaching and medical staff’s handling of Robert Griffin III’s knee injury. The NFLPA is also looking into the playing conditions at FedEx Field after the Seattle Seahawks, including their coach Pete Carrol complained of subpar field conditions.