Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is to have surgery on his injured right knee, according to NFL.com.
The rookie phenomenon struggled through Washington's wild card playoff with the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday in obvious discomfort - leading to charges that coach Mike Shanahan should have taken the QB out of the game.
Now Griffin will have surgery on his torn lateral collateral ligament. During the surgery, Dr James Andrews in Florida will also examine the anterior cruciate ligament to decide if more surgery is necessary. The surgery is currently scheduled for some time this week.
RG3 suffered a torn ACL several years ago when playing college football for Baylor. He hurt his knee again, playing for the Redskins on 9 December, although it was diagnosed as a sprain. The quarterback entered the wild card playoff wearing a knee brace and after a couple of early touchdowns he was visibly limping through the game. When exactly the injury became more serious is unclear.
Shanahan had indicated that the more serious injury occurred when Griffin was sacked in the fourth quarter, and shortly after which he was taken out of the game.
"They won't know everything until after the surgery," a high-ranking team source told NFL.com.
The Redskins lost 24-14 to the Seahawks.
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