Everyone sort of figured that the prognosis for Robert Griffin III would be bad following what happened this weekend, but there was still some level of optimism in the air. After all, this kid had somehow managed to overcome every obstacle and tiny bit of doubt placed in front of him up to this point, so it’s not as though he is unfamiliar with tackling adversity head on.
Unfortunately, the optimism was all for naught; Griffin’s diagnosis ended up being almost as bad as folks quietly expected it to be.
As reported by the Washington Post:
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has a torn lateral collateral ligament in his right knee and is undergoing surgery Wednesday morning, a person familiar with Griffin’s condition said.
Damage to that ligament could mean a lengthy rehabilitation that might jeopardize the star quarterback’s chances of being ready for the start of the 2013 season in September and could keep him sidelined even longer, according to two experts.
Griffin originally injured his knee a month ago in a particularly gritty battle against the Baltimore Ravens. He would ultimately bounce back from that outing, however, he never looked quite as crisp as he did before the incident took place.
This weekend, when his Washington Redskins took on the Seattle Seahawks in the Wild Card round of the NFL Playoffs, the talented rookie looked nothing like himself. His wrecked knee rendered him completely immobile, and in the fourth quarter, he awkwardly buckled on it and was taken out of the game.
The Redskins ultimately lost 24-14.
After the fact, many questioned why Mike Shanahan kept him in the game as long as he did. Aside from some references to RGIII’s warrior mentality and assertiveness as it pertained to playing through the pain, we have yet to hear a reasonable answer to that question.
For what it’s worth, ESPN is reporting that RGIII may still return in time for the season opener:
Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will undergo total reconstructive surgery of his right knee early Wednesday morning to repair torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments, but he is expected to be ready for the opener of the 2013 NFL regular season, according to team sources familiar with the determination made by orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews.
Stay tuned, the real severity of Griffin’s injury will likely be revealed at some point today.