Robert Griffin III Injury: Updates on Redskins QB's Leg

Ben ChodosCorrespondent IIJanuary 6, 2013

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III left Sunday's Wild Card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks after reaggravating an injury in his right knee.

UPDATE: Saturday, Jan. 12 at 6:07 p.m. ET by Austin Green

The Washington Redskins are reportedly more concerned about Robert Griffin III than they have let on, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk.

Per a league source, there is much greater concern regarding Griffin’s knee than anyone connected to the Redskins or Griffin has publicly conceded.

Over the past few days, the Redskins have expressed optimism, as Dr. James Andrews said he believed Griffin would be ready for the 2013 season. But apparently the organization is more worried than they have acted since Griffin re-injured his knee.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Jan. 10 at 10:19 a.m. ET

Robert Griffin III is expected to be ready for the 2013 season after undergoing knee surgery yesterday, according to Washington Post's Mike Jones.

Orthopedic surgeon James Andrews said Wednesday that he repaired one ligament in the right knee of Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and reconstructed another for the second time, according to a statement released by the team.

The surgeon said 'it is everybody’s hope and belief' that Griffin 'will be ready for the 2013 season.'  Andrews performed about five hours of surgery on the Redskins injured star quarterback Wednesday morning.

'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,' the statement 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.'

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 3:06 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

Griffin underwent surgery to repair a torn LCL and re-do his previous ACL reconstruction on Wednesday. After the surgery was complete, Dr. James Andrews gave an official statement, via the Redskins' official Twitter feed:

"@rgiii had successful knee surgery early this morning. He had a direct repair of his LCL and a re-do of his previous ACL reconstruction...

— Redskins (@Redskins) January 9, 2013

"We expect a full recovery and it is everybody's hope and belief that due to @rgiii's high motivation, he will be ready for the 2013 season.

— Redskins (@Redskins) January 9, 2013

...The goal of his treatment is to give him the best opportunity for a long professional career."

— Redskins (@Redskins) January 9, 2013


Here's to hoping Griffin makes a full recovery and is back to captivating NFL audiences in 2013.

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UPDATE: Monday, Jan. 7 at 11:30 p.m. ET by Shawn Brubaker

We officially know that Robert Griffin III has at least a partially torn LCL, according to an ESPN report. He also likely has a partial tear to his ACL, but the extent of the damage is not yet known:

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a partially torn lateral collateral ligament in his right knee, a source told ESPN's Brett McMurphy.

Griffin also likely tore at least part of his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), but it's unknown how severe it is because a previous knee injury he suffered at Baylor in 2009 required two screws and a rubber band to hold it together.

Griffin will continue to see specialists regarding the knee, but the initial news is discouraging.

The Redskins would like for Griffin to be healthy for a full offseason, but at the very least they will want to get him back in time for the beginning of the season. That might be in question if the news gets any worse.

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UPDATE: Monday, Jan. 7 at 5:30 p.m. ET by Rob Goldberg

Although the team is still waiting on additional test on Tuesday, the original diagnosis is not positive, according to a report by the Washington Post's Mark Maske and Mike Jones:

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

Griffin has an entire offseason to recover from the injury after the Washington Redskins were eliminated from the playoffs. Still, the team has to hope that the franchise quarterback will be able to come back at full strength next year. 

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UPDATE: Monday, Jan. 7 at 4:15 p.m. ET by Rob Goldberg

The Redskins will be very cautious when diagnosing the latest injury of Robert Griffin III due to his past knee problems, according to Dan Hanzus of

Griffin will travel to the office of Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday for tests and further examination on his injured right knee. He said the team didn't make a preliminary diagnosis on the injury due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury Griffin suffered during his sophomore season at Baylor.

Hopefully, Griffin, the team and anyone else concerned will get good news on the tests in the coming days. 

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UPDATE: Monday, Jan. 7 at 3:13 a.m. ET

CBS Sports' Staff has the latest on Robert Griffin III (knee):

RG3 getting second evaluation from James Andrews Mike Shanahan said. No full update

— Eye on Football (@EyeOnNFL) January 7, 2013

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UPDATE: Monday, January 7 at 10:59 a.m. ET

Robert Griffin III took to Twitter this morning to respond to critics following his injury suffered against the Seahawks during the Redskins' Wild Card playoff loss.

Many may question, criticize & think they have all the right answers. But few have been in the line of fire in battle.

— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) January 7, 2013

I thank God for perspective and because of that I appreciate the support from everyone. I also appreciate the criticism.

— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) January 7, 2013

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UPDATE: Sunday, Jan. 6 at 8:34 p.m. ET by Austin Green

Robert Griffin III said he doesn't know how serious his knee injury is, according to Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports.

RGIII on team radio: I don't know how bad it is

— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) January 7, 2013

According to SportsCenter, Mike Shanahan said he will likely second-guess his decision to leave a hobbled RG3 in the game.

"I'll probably second-guess myself…I think you always do that, especially after you don't win." - Mike Shanahan on leaving RG III in game.

— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) January 7, 2013

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UPDATE: Sunday, Jan. 6 at 7:15 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Robert Griffin III's knee finally gave out on him in the fourth quarter when it bent unnaturally as he tried to recover a bad snap. 

ESPN's John Clayton took note of the play and the Redskins fans' support for their star:

Don't like the way RGIII's knee bent. That was ugly. Fans chanting, RGIII

— John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) January 7, 2013

Griffin was able to walk off the field and back into the locker room under his own power.

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The Washington Times’ and ESPN 980’s Rich Campbell reported the following via Twitter after Griffin threw his second touchdown of the game during the first quarter:

RG3 just went into the trainers room behind the Redskins' bench.

— Rich Campbell (@Rich_Campbell) January 6, 2013

Griffin has been struggling recently with a knee injury he suffered against the Baltimore Ravens, and the aggressive Seahawks defense was able to get to him enough times to cause him to noticeably limp while playing. 

Against the Ravens in Week 14, Griffin was hit hard in the leg by Haloti Ngata, and he has not been nearly as explosive when running the ball since that moment.

While Griffin was able to remain on the field, the injury started a long scoring drought for the Redskins. The Seahawks scored 13 unanswered points in the second quarter to close the gap to just one point before halftime.

Griffin’s mobility was significantly limited from the moment that he was hurt on the Redskins’ second score, and the coaching staff had to scratch many of the plays that had made Washington the No. 1 rushing offense in the NFL during the regular season.

The rookie showed exceptional toughness by playing through pain, but that will be little consolation if he is unable to orchestrate a victory in this Wild Card showdown. Fellow rookie Kirk Cousins is healthy and ready to go on the sidelines after impressing earlier in the season while filling in for Griffin. 

Check back to this page for updates of Griffin’s condition going forward.