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Doctor optimistic after Redskins’ RG3 knee surgery

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 9, 2013 at 2:31 p.m.

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The ball is loose, as Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III lays on the field after fumbling the snap from center, against the Seahawks during the fourth quarter of their NFL playoff football game, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2012, in Landover, Md. Griffin left the game with an injured right leg. Seattle defeated Washington 24-14.

— The doctor who performed the knee surgery on Robert Griffin III says it is “everybody’s hope and belief” that the Washington Redskins quarterback will be ready for the 2013 season.

Orthopedist James Andrews said Wednesday that Griffin “had a direct repair” of the lateral collateral ligament and “a re-do of his previous ACL reconstruction.”

Andrews says he expects a full recovery because of Griffin’s “high motivation.”

Griffin reinjured his knee in Sunday’s playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He previously tore the ACL in the same knee while playing for Baylor in 2009.

Griffin had surgery to repair two ligaments in his troublesome right knee Wednesday morning, said a person familiar with the situation.

The Washington Redskins quarterback had his knee repaired by orthopedist James Andrews in Florida. The doctor had already diagnosed a torn lateral collateral ligament in his right knee. The person said Andrews also found and repaired damage found in Griffin’s ACL.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Redskins had not made an announcement about the latest details surrounding the rookie quarterback’s injury.

Now comes RG3’s next challenge: a race against time to get healthy before the beginning of next season.

Griffin’s recovery time will take several months at least but could extend into next season, depending on the extent of the damage. The process could also be speeded up because Griffin is known as a focused, determined competitor who would be expected to take his rehab as seriously as possible.

“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,” Griffin tweeted before the surgery began.

Athletes generally need nine to 12 months to make a full recovery from a torn ACL, although Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson made a remarkable return this season about eight months after tearing an ACL — and nearly broke the NFL’s single-season rushing record.

Russ Paine, a physical therapist in Houston who worked with Peterson during his rehab, said the running back’s timetable for returning to competition was in fact “pretty traditional.”

“What’s non-traditional is him almost breaking the rushing record,” Paine said in a phone interview Wednesday.

Griffin reinjured his knee at least twice in Sunday’s playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, prompting a national debate over whether coach Mike Shanahan endangered Griffin’s career by not taking the team’s franchise player out of the game sooner.

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