UPDATE (1:30 a.m.): Holy $%&!. I mean, I guess we expected this, but holy @#&#@!%$!. ESPN’s Chris Mortensen is now reporting that Robert Griffin III will undergo a total reconstruction of his knee after a complete tear of his ACL and LCL, and the projected recovery is six-to-eight months. The low end of that has him ready for training camp, and recovered by early July. And on the high end, the first Sunday of the 2013 season (Sept. 8) is almost exactly eight months away. We now return you to the original post, and Bryan Adams…

Now it cuts like a knife
But it feels so right
It cuts like a knife
But it feels so right

No, Bryan Adams. It feels wrong, dead wrong.

Knives and mobile quarterbacks who have already had a knee cut up in the relatively recent past don’t play well together. And sometime in the next few days, Robert Griffin III’s knee will be the subject of precise cuts by Dr. James Andrews.

That appointment has been booked, according to the Washington Post, and later this week Griffin will have surgery to repair a torn LCL in his right knee. And Andrews figures that, what the hell, he may as well also check out the ACL while he’s in there, and determine how much damage has been done to that ligament too.

Just potentially significant damage to two knee ligaments for a quarterback who’s already torn his right ACL, and injured the LCL earlier this year. No worries, guys.

Yeah, this is bad, but exactly how bad in terms of a recovery time will be determined during the surgery, and it’s at that point when we can begin separating hair from head. While there’s nothing definitive yet, an early estimate from one expert is the opposite of encouraging.

From Shutdown Corner:

James C. Dreese, a doctor for the University of Maryland athletic teams who is not affiliated with the Redskins, told the Post that the recovery for an LCL surgery generally takes longer than one for an ACL injury.

“When the collateral ligaments are involved,” Dreese said, “the concern in the long term is that controlling the rotational component of the knee can be more difficult.”

Based on that, we’re left with at the very least the possibility of missed time during the 2013 season. I know, you’re all giddy while thinking about ACL injury recoveries due to the absurdity of what Adrian Peterson has accomplished this year, along with Jamaal Charles. But realize that Peterson’s recovery after his injury that occurred almost exactly a year ago is still an extreme outlier. Automatically assuming something similar will take place with Griffin — or anyone — is foolish.

But again, as ESPN’s Stephania Bell also emphasized, gauging a more exact timetable won’t happen until there’s a better grasp on the severity of the injury. Until then, let your beating, fragile heart chill a little, Griffin fantasy keeper and dynasty league owners. I’m more than willing to scream obscenities that don’t exist yet and mourn our lost fantasy star if it comes to that with you, but let’s wait. Cool? Cool.

Mike Shanahan is about to experience more verbal pummeling. So much more, and I won’t write and re-write what I’ve already written repeatedly all week. There’s a whole offseason for that.

But I’ll add this. Let’s set aside the philosophical debates about football culture, and the psychological mindset both players and coaches take to their mutual existence. Beyond all that, Shanahan has a fundamental goal every Sunday: to win a football game.

As the second half progressed this past Sunday and his starting quarterback struggled to even make it to the sideline on a designed run, how could Shanahan watch and think that goal of winning was still best accomplished with Griffin, especially when a game-tying touchdown drive was needed late in the fourth quarter?

(Sorry)

Comments (3)

  1. After Adrian Peterson’s surgery, the surgeon was quoted as calling his knee joint “freakish” in its perfection… as smooth on its contacting surfaces “as pocelain”, like nothing he had ever seen before in an athlete that regularly sujects the joint to repetitive pounding stress as much as 3-5x his bodyweight. Don’t expect the same for Griffin, who has previous knee damage, which usually includes at least some cartilage damage/wear, which would slow the recovery due to the accompanying inflammation. If he were my franchise QB, I would err on the side of caution, and for sure not allow him to play until he reached the same performance capabilities he showed in the draft showcase without any brace (prob a full year).

    • Surgery repairing a multiligamentous knee injury is much worse than a simple ACL.

      More trauma/incisions = more scar tissue= more stiffness.

      With REVISION ACL surgery you have to account for bone defects from previous graft placement.

      Plus they previously harvested his BPB (bone-patellar tendon-bone) graft for it, and must use his other side BOB (bad to alter his normal knee) or use hamstrings tendon which takes longer to incorporate because not using bone to heal in place.

      LCL if it involves posterolateral corner is a difficult surgery and has risk of injury to the common peroneal nerve, because your drilling and suturing adjacent to it.

      So I doubt he’ll be the same next year if he is able to play.

    • Yahoo sports also has article by another orthopedic surgeon that LCL tears by itself are rare, and usually involve other ligaments nearby so takes over a year to recover

      (posterolateral corner = LCL/fibular collateral ligament, popliteus, and popliteofibular ligament)

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