Griffin III undergoes knee surgery

Surgery to repair ligament, assess damage

Published: Jan 09 2013 10:48:37 AM EST
Robert Griffin III, Washington Redskins, Seahawks, Wildcard game

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III underwent surgery Wednesday morning on his right knee to repair a torn ligament and to assess additional damage, according to multiple reports.

Noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery that involved fixing the lateral collateral ligament and determining the condition of his anterior cruciate ligament.

ESPN.com reported Wednesday that the rookie was having of total reconstruction of the knee after a complete tear of the patellar graft that was used to repair the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner's torn ACL at Baylor in 2009. The report indicated that Griffin would be recovered in time for next season.

However, a source told USA Today that the ESPN report of a total reconstruction was inaccurate.

Griffin reinjured the knee in the first quarter of Sunday's wild-card playoff loss to Seattle but stayed in the game despite being clearly impacted, raising questions about whether he should have continued to play.

The 2012 No. 2 overall draft pickhad sprained the LCL in December during a game against Baltimore and sat out the following game against Cleveland but returned to finish the regular season playing with a knee brace that limited his mobility.

The Redskins have not made a formal announcement regardining Griffin's condition.

A torn LCL is less severe and normally necessitates a recovery period of several months as opposed to the more serious ACL surgery that usually involves a year of rehabilitation.

Before going into surgery, an upbeat Griffin tweeted, "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."