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Despite earlier reports, Robert Griffin III's father said that the Redskins QB's ACL is intact, but it will require reconstructive surgery.
When Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III had knee surgery on his torn right LCL Wednesday, it was determined by doctors that he would also require reconstructive surgery on his damaged right ACL, Griffin III's father told Jim Corbett of USA TODAY Sports.
"Robert's ACL is intact, but not enough for his profession,'' Robert Griffin II said in a text message to USA TODAY Sports. "You and I could be fine. But he is an athlete. So they will replace.''
The message from Griffin II contradicts earlier reports that the Redskins quarterback suffered a complete tear of both his ACL and LCL. Timetables for Griffin III are hypothetical at this point, but typically, it takes an extended amount of time to recover from ACL reconstruction, and late-season knee injuries often threaten the subsequent season.
In 2009, Griffin III suffered an isolated tear of his right ACL during the third game of his season with the Baylor Bears; however, he returned in time for the 2010 season and led the Bears to a 7-6 record.
Griffin III suffered a knee sprain in early December, but he returned to the field with a brace later in the month. He aggravated the knee in the first half of a Wild Card game against the Seattle Seahawks and left the game in the fourth quarter after the knee buckled.