Though an initial report suggested Robert Griffin III had partially torn both the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and lateral cruciate ligament (LCL) in the world's-most-talked-about right knee, ESPN's Chris Mortensen now says sources are telling him the damage is in fact worse: Griffin actually sustained a total tear to both ligaments, and he will undergo reconstructive surgery in just a few hours.
Redskins QB Robert Griffin III will undergo total reconstruction of knee for complete tear of ACL and LCL. Recovery projection: 6-8 mos.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 9, 2013
Dr. James Andrews will perform surgery in about 6 hours. Diagnosis already made that ACL graft of @rgiii's 2009 surgery is complete tear— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 9, 2013
The good news? That six-to-eight month timetable does mean Griffin could be ready for September's season opener, provided he doesn't run into any setbacks.