Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III's knee injury is worse that initial reports indicated. The 22-year old has torn both the ACL and LCL in his right knee and will need surgery to repair them, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN.
Redskins QB Robert Griffin III will undergo total reconstruction of knee for complete tear of ACL and LCL. Recovery projection: 6-8 mos.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 9, 2013
RGIII is expected to have surgery on Wednesday.
On Monday, Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan indicated that RGIII would need further testing to determine the extent of the injury suffered in a Wild Card loss on Sunday to the Seattle Seahawks. Subsequent reports revealed that he would need surgery to repair his LCL and determine the extent of the damage to his ACL.
Tuesday morning's news confirms the worst fears of the team and its fans.
A timeline of 6-8 months for recovery means that RGIII will most certainly miss offseason workouts in the spring. Whether or not he can participate in training camp and even be available for the start of the season is unknown. An eight-month recovery time makes it close.
Griffin originally injured his right knee in a Week 14 win over the Baltimore Ravens. He sat out the next week's game, but returned in Week 16.