It was announced today that Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will have surgery on his Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) this week, and when Dr. James Andrews opens him up he will assess the damage to the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL).
The LCL is responsible for joining the outer aspect of the femur (thigh bone) to the outer aspect of the fibula (outer lower leg bone). It’s also the main ligament in promoting stability in the leg. If Griffin’s ACL is torn as well, this could be a full year before he will be allowed to play football again, thus wiping out his 2013 year if everything goes right with no setbacks.
I’ve personally had this “wait and see” approach with knee surgery due to an inconclusive MRI due to previous damage, it’s the worst as the unknown sets in and there’s certainly a bit of depression that sets in. Also with the unknown, there is the options the doctor has while they operate on you as in it could be minor and nothing else could be wrong or it could be a can of worms in the knee.
The “good” news for Redskins fans is that they will have a second year quarterback in Kirk Cousins that has some experience going into next year, it’s still not good for the team without his biggest star. However, I can only wish Robert Griffin III a speedy and complete recovery from this severe injury.