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Report: RG3 May Have Partial ACL, LCL Tears in Knee

Report: RG3 May Have Partial ACL, LCL Tears in Knee


According to reports, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III may have partial tears in his lateral collateral ligament (LCL) and his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee.

Sources who had seen Griffin’s MRI told ESPN and the Washington Post of the partial tears. 

Griffin, whom Redskins team doctor James Andrews had initially not cleared to play after he first injured his knee in a late-season game against the Ravens, played on Sunday in a loss against the Seattle Seahawks in a brace because of a sprained knee. 

In the first quarter, Griffin appeared to re-aggravate the injury. The knee bucked after he fumbled a snap in the fourth quarter. He was on the ground writhing in pain as teammates and opponents prayed for him. Griffin had to ultimately leave the game. 

The Redskins will send Griffin to Andrews for further evaluations, which is a sign of how serious Griffin’s injuries may be. 

Griffin, who entered Sunday’s wild-card playoff game already nursing a previously sprained LCL in the same knee, appeared to tweak the knee on a pass attempt in the first quarter and then left the game in the fourth quarter after twisting his leg while attempting to recover a muffed shotgun snap.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said in a news conference Monday the results of the MRI are prompting the team to send Griffin to Pensacola, Fla., on Tuesday to see orthopedist Dr. James Andrews, who serves as a Redskins’ physician, for further examinations and determine how to proceed.

“There is a concern,” Shanahan said. “That’s why he’s going to see him.”

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