(SportsData) — The Washington Redskins confirmed that quarterback Robert Griffin III underwent approximately five hours of reconstructive surgery on both the LCL and ACL in his right knee on Wednesday. Dr. James Andrews, who performed the surgery, said in a statement that he expects the quarterback to be ready to compete by the time next season begins.
“Robert Griffin III had successful knee surgery early this morning. He had a direct repair of his LCL and a re-do of his previous ACL reconstruction,” Andrews said. “We expect a full recovery and it is everybody’s hope and belief that due to Robert’s high motivation, he will be ready for the 2013 season. The goal of his treatment is to give him the best opportunity for a long professional career.”
Griffin suffered a Grade 1 sprain of his LCL in a game against the Baltimore Ravens on Dec. 9 and missed the next week’s game at Cincinnati. He played the Redskins’ final two regular-season games with a brace on his right knee.
He aggravated the injury during Sunday’s playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, but remained in the game until the knee buckled on him in the fourth quarter. An MRI revealed at least partial tears of the LCL and ACL.
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