Well, shit. The verdict is in, according to Chris Mortensen*:
Robert Griffin III will undergo total reconstructive surgery of his right knee early Wednesday morning to repair torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments, but he is expected to be ready for the opener of the 2013 NFL regular season, according to team sources familiar with the determination made by orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews.
“Total reconstructive surgery of his right knee.” That’s tough stuff, though the timeline is nice, albeit optimistic. Not everyone is Adrian Peterson.
But thank God for Adrian Peterson. He gives RGIII — and us — a model to follow, an all-world player who blew out his knee and came back stronger than ever, without missing the season opener. There’s hope in that.
And there’s anger here, right here in my heart, towards Mike Shanahan. It’s not his fault (this is football after all), but he shoulders some blame. He left an injured player in too long, only to see him get hurt even worse. Not just any player, either.
I feel terrible for RGIII too. For as much sorrow as you or I might have about our once-in-a-lifetime quarterback going down, we don’t have to face “six to eight months” of grueling rehabilitation and crippling self-doubt. We couldn’t do it, even if we had to.
RGIII can, though, and he can come back stronger. As Burgundy Blog tweeted, “It’s a bad situation, but he’s a bad man.”
Go catch your dream, kid, again.
Update: The surgery is over, and here’s the statement from Dr. Andrews:
Robert Griffin III had successful knee surgery early this morning. He had a direct repair of his LCL and a re-do of his previous ACL reconstruction. We expect a full recovery and it is everybody’s hope and belief that due to Robert’s high motivation, he will be ready for the 2013 season.
The goal of his treatment is to give him the best opportunity for a long professional career.