According to a doctor that Mike Jones of the Washington Post spoke with, Robert Griffin III’s LCL tear could require a longer rehabilitation time than an ACL tear.
The doctor added that this will ultimately be determined by whether or not the tear requires surgery, or will need a more extensive reconstruction.
The good news here is that if Griffin damaged his ACL, it’s unlikely that it will require additional rehabilitation. Coming back from an ACL injury typically requires about 6-8 months.
Schefter adds that this will allow doctors to determine whether or not there’s any damage to his ACL.
We’ll have to wait for the news regarding his ACL before anyone will know a timetable as to how long he could be out.
The report adds that it remains unclear whether or not Griffin will need surgery and there’s no timetable for his recovery at this point in time. A source did say that Griffin may need to undergo “exploratory surgery to determine the extent of the damage and whether the injuries are new.”
Griffin and the Redskins are obviously hoping to avoid a reconstructive surgery, but they’ll have to see where things stand on Tuesday before knowing anything definitive. There’s a chance that he could have older injuries to his knee.
“Honestly, it’s up in the air right now,” said Griffin when asked about a possible ACL tear in his right knee. “I know coming off the field I thought it was just the same thing. No matter what it is, our season’s over right now, and I’ve just got to make sure that I get back healthy no matter what the injury is“.
Griffin is set to undergo an MRI on his knee and there has been a report that he did in fact suffer a torn ACL, but the report has already been taken down.
There has been some backlash for the Redskins coaching staff following the game. It’s fair to wonder whether or not Griffin should have even been in the game in the first place, since it was more than apparent that his knee was not even close to being in game-shape. It seems very unlikely that the Redskins will consider trading Kirk Cousins during the offseason given that he’s already proven to be a reasonable backup quarterback.
If Griffin did in fact tear his ACL, the beginning of his 2013 regular season could be in jeopardy.