NFL Playoff News at YouWager: Robert Griffin III May Be Ready for Opener

Heisman Trophy winner of 2011 and current Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is currently undergoing total reconstructive surgery of his right knee early in hopes of repairing his torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments. However, YouWager experts have learned that the Japan native is likely to be ready for the opener of the 2013 NFL regular season.

The torn ACL was diagnosed late Tuesday as a complete tear of the patella graft that was used to repair Griffin’s torn ACL suffered versus the Baylor Bears back in 2009. According to a source close to the team, doctor James Andrews, orthopedic specialist, has said that it is likely he will use a patella graft from the player’s left knee to repair the most recent tear.

Griffin’s recovery will likely take at least six to eight months, without considering any setbacks. The rehabilitation plan mainly focus on strengthening the 22 year-old’s quadriceps to help protect and help stabilize the knee. The reconstruction of the LCL could be complicated, however sources said Andrews let the team know it should rehab well during the same six-to-eight-month time frame as the ACL injury.

If things go as planned including surgery, recovery and rehab, Griffin should be able to participate at some level during NFL training camp in August and be ready to open the season in September.

The NFL Network has stated that, after looking at the game file, coach Mike Shanahan believes Griffin suffered his knee injury on the play before the errant snap where his knee gave out as he tried to plant his leg. On that penultimate play, the Pro Bowler was sacked by Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin.