Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III may need as long as a year to recover from surgery on his right knee, according to a sports surgeon who’s not involved in the rookie’s case.
The Washington Post said Griffin is having surgery today to repair a torn lateral collateral ligament and possible damage to the anterior cruciate ligament. Griffin left the team’s 24-14 playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Jan. 6 with the injury.
The 22-year-old may return to full form as early as the middle of the 2013 National Football League season, according to Alexis Chiang Colvin, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City.
A damaged LCL requires more surgery and recovery time than the more common ACL tears, Colvin said today in a telephone interview. The ACL can be repaired arthroscopically with small incisions, while LCL surgery requires a larger incision and more bone holes. Photo credit: Brook Ward
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