NFL — 07 January 2013
Robert Griffin III Suffers Partial Tears to ACL, LCL

In what should come as a surprise to absolutely no one, based on how Robert Griffin III’s knee bent yesterday (watch video here), it has been confirmed that he has suffered partial tears of the ACL and LCL in that right knee.

Today, everyone has been “monday morning quarterbacking” Mike Shanahan’s decision to leave RG3 in the game, and I can’t blame them. Only, I was saying during that game Griffin should’ve been on the bench from the moment he fell awkwardly in the first half. He was never the same and did more harm to his team than good, despite his good intentions.

Granted, when Kirk Cousins relieved Griffin, he didn’t look good. But he still should’ve been in the game. Now who knows how long Griffin will be out and if he’ll play at all next season.

From the Washington Post,

The MRI exam of Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III’s right knee shows that Griffin has suffered possible partial tears of his anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments, according to several people with knowledge of the test results.

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Griffin is scheduled to be examined Tuesday in Pensacola, Fla., by orthopedic surgeon James Andrews to determine whether the test results show new or previous injuries.

It was not immediately clear whether surgery would be required or how long Griffin would be sidelined if the partial ligament tears are determined to be fresh injuries. Griffin suffered a torn ACL in the same knee in 2009 while he was in college at Baylor, and has been playing in recent weeks with a mild sprain of the LCL.

One person with knowledge of the situation said Griffin might have to undergo exploratory surgery to determine the extent of the damage and whether the injuries are new. Another said Griffin hopes to avoid full-blown reconstructive surgery if the tears are partial, even if they are new injuries.

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