ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported that Robert Griffin III will be having surgery to repair a fully torn ACL an LCL:
Griffin’s recovery is projected at six to eight months, barring any setbacks, sources said. The rehabilitation plan will focus primarily on strengthening Griffin’s quadriceps to help protect and help stabilize the knee, according to sources. The reconstruction of the LCL is considered a complication, but sources said Andrews informed the Redskins it should rehab well during the same six-to-eight-month time frame as the ACL injury.
I would seem to me that Mortensen’s report is coming from the Redskins. I’m not a doctor. My knowledge of ACL tears is limited to the time I’ve spent following sports, but when I hear six to eight months, especially for a player that has already torn the ACL in the same knee once before, the immediate thought that came to mind was “BS.” Will Carroll, injury expert for Sports Illustrated, suggested a different timeline.
First, Mike Shanahan leaves RG3 in a game in which he could barely walk and was completely ineffective. Then he holds a press conference (mandatory for him) in which he (perhaps ridiculously) claimed that MRI results were inconclusive. And now the Redskins are giving what medical people are saying is an overly optimistic timeline for recovery, setting up the face of their franchise for fan disdain if he can’t return in time.
Kirk Cousins is a nice young QB, but he ain’t selling season tickets. That’s all I’ll say about the Skins’ timeline. Everything about this seems slimy.