Report: Robert Griffin III needs ACL & LCL repaired, could miss start of 2013 season

It's been over 48 hours since Robert Griffin III aggravated his injured right knee in a playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, and we still had no true clarity on what RG3's was in for as the offseason got underway in Washington. 

It seems that has finally changed.

A report late Tuesday night from ESPN's Chris Mortensen suggests that it could be pretty much the worst-case scenario for the Redskins franchise quarterback. 

Even for a young stud of an athlete like Griffin, that recovery time seems ambitious. Griffin tore up the same knee in college, and you won't find an injury expert anywhere who says the rehab gets faster the second time around. The world-famous Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery in a matter of hours, according to Mort, and it should be noted that Andrews put Adrian Peterson's knee back together early last offseason. AP, of course, didn't miss a game and fell just eight yards short of the single-season rushing yards record. 

Still, Peterson's an outlier, and Griffin still has a long way to go and 11 fewer days than AP did to get there. That might not seem substantial now, but in August every day will count. 

The good news is that Kirk Cousins stepped up and played well in relief of Griffin when called upon this season and this team proved they can succeed without RG3 carrying the entire load. So if he has to miss parts of September or October, it might not break their back. 

That's me trying to talk you back from the ledge, 'Skins fans.

About Brad Gagnon

Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. Based in Toronto, he's worked as a national NFL blog editor at (covering Super Bowls XLIV, XLV and XLVI), a producer and writer at theScore Television Network and a host, reporter and play-by-play voice at Rogers TV. His work has also appeared at Deadspin,, The Guardian, The Hockey News and elsewhere at Bloguin, but his day gig has him covering all things NFC East for Bleacher Report.