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Robert Griffin III has surgery Wednesday on ACL and LCL

3:35 PM, Jan 9, 2013   |    comments
  • Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III reacts after getting injured during the fourth quarter of the NFC Wild Card playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks at FedEx Field.(Photo: Brad Mills, USA TODAY Sports)
    
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) - Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III underwent surgery on Wednesday. Before surgery on his right knee Wednesday morning, RGIII sent a tweet to fans and others:

"Thank you for your prayers and support. I love God, my family, my team, the fans, & I love this game. See you guys next season."

CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason LaCanfora tweeted Wednesday morning that Griffin flew to see James Andrews for surgery with his parents, fiancee, trainer Larry Hess and Redskins owner Dan Snyder.

WUSA 9's Dave Owens reported at approximately 10:30 a.m. Wednesday that a family source said RGIII was still in surgery and that the lateral collateral ligament (LCL) needed repair. The source said the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear was found Wednesday morning during the scope, not Tuesday night. The family member added that both tears are partial, not total tears.

Later Wednesday morning during an appearance, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray extended "all the best" to RGIII and stated that he hopes the quarterback is back on the field soon, reported WUSA 9's Bruce Johnson. The mayor also talked about RGIII's contribution to the city.

Shortly before 12:30 p.m., Dave Owens reported that Griffin was out of surgery and resting. He was told surgery went well.

Dr. James R. Andrews issued a statement about Griffin's surgery:

"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. 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 re-injured his knee last Sunday in a playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan believes the injury was suffered on the quarterback's second to last play before exiting the game. Griffin was seen multiple times during the game limping on the field, and in obvious pain.

Robert Griffin III's knee problems began in a Week 14 win over the Baltimore Ravens. With the Redskins trailing by 8, and the quarterback trying to lead the team on a game-tying drive, Griffin was hit in the knee by Ravens defensive end Haloti Ngata. The quarterback was forced to leave the field for one play, but then returned. Griffin was able to complete two more passes before falling to the ground, and leaving the game for good.

The Redskins rookie quarterback would miss the following week's game against Cleveland, but would return to finish out the regular season against Philadelphia and Dallas.

In the last two regular season games, Griffin was not as effective as in games past. He completed 25 of 42 pass attempts for 298 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception. In the Dallas game, Griffin was just 9 of 18 for 100 yards.

In the playoff game, against Seattle, the Redskins quarterback led the team on two early scoring drives. But just before the second touchdown, Griffin appeared to tweak his right knee. After that scoring drive, the rookie quarterback was just 4 of 10 passing, for 16 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception until he left the game.

With Griffin's projected recovery time, the quarterback would return somewhere between July and September. Under this time line, the quarterback is not expected to miss any of the regular season barring any setbacks.

Stay with WUSA 9, wusa9.com, and on twitter @wusa9sports for the latest in this developing story.

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