Robert Griffin III has knee surgery

RGIII goes under the knife

1/9/13 in NFL   |   Dan_B   |   1067 respect

Jan 6, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is looked at by team trainers as Redskins tackle Trent Williams (71) watches after being injured  against the Seattle Seahawks in the fourth quarter of the NFC Wild Card playoff game at FedEx Field.  The Seahawks won 24-14. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY SportsWashington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III underwent surgery Wednesday to reconstruct his right knee after suffering a torn ACL and LCL in the Redskins Wild Card loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

Griffin, who lit the NFL ablaze in his rookie season for the Redskins, is expected to make a full recovery and be ready for the 2013 season. The surgery, performed by Dr. James Andrews, is supposed to take six to eight months to recover from.

Some argue that Griffin's extensive injury could have been prevented had Redskins' coach Mike Shanahan pulled Griffin from the game after he initially tweaked his already-injured knee in the first quarter of the game. Griffin reportedly insisted on staying in, and Shanahan obliged. 

Griffin limped his way through the game until he crumbled trying to retrieve a low snap from the shotgun in the 4th quarter. The play was a disaster all around for Washington, as it resulted in a game-crippling lost fumble and a debilitating injury to their phenomenal young quarterback.

Shanahan has said that after watching game tape he thinks that Griffin tore the knee up on the play prior to the fumble. 

Most people who have played football in their lives, including myself, likely have trouble faulting Griffin or Shanahan for letting the quarterback stay in the game, despite the success backup Kirk Cousins had had earlier in the season. Griffin is a competitor and a leader and this was the biggest game of the season.

There is a macho mentality in football, like it or hate it, and sometimes injuries like these are the direct byproduct of that. It comes with the territory. 

If Griffin returns at full strength, this will be a blip in his career and Shanahan's. If he is impacted for the rest of his career by his bum knee, then there will be second guessing forever.

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1/12/13   |   Debi_L   |   11868 respect

The loss to Seattle was a heartbreaker for me.  I've been a Redskins fan for years and had high hopes that this year would see the same kind of success as the team had under Coach Gibbs.  Gibbs was actually in the Skybox watching the game.  I think because this was such an emotional game for me, my view of woulda, shoulda, coulda is skewed.  At this point, all that is irrelevant.

I wish RGIII a full recovery, above all else.  If he recovers completely and is healthy for the rest of his football career, that will be a huge bonus.

1/9/13   |   The_Real_Stoney   |   25692 respect

make a phone call and find out who supplied All Day with his HGH and he'll be good as new next year

1/9/13   |   Jess   |   35116 respect

I hope this doesn't affect his career; that would be a travesty. This young kid is a lot of fun to watch, and has an amazing amount of talent. He could very well come back like AD and kick ass once he recovers.

1/9/13   |   JenX63   |   33178 respect

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Regardless if he comes back (which everyone says he will) I only want him to have a healthy recovery.

(edited to add a missing word) you guys really should call me on my broken english