Surgery Update from RGIII's Dad

Al Bello

RGII texted USA TODAY with a surgery update

During surgery to repair RGIII's torn LCL early Wednesday morning, doctors discovered that the quarterback's ACL would also need reconstruction. Premier orthopedic surgeon James Andrews performed the procedure in Pensacola, Florida.

Griffin's father sent a text message to USA TODAY Sports revealing that an initial MRI did not show any conclusive evidence of an ACL tear, but that the damage was discovered during surgery on the other ligament. He said:

"Robert's ACL is intact, but not enough for his profession. You and I could be fine. But he is an athlete. So they will replace."

This will be the second reconstructive surgery on the younger Griffin's right ACL, the first of which took place in 2009. ESPN injury expert Stephania Bell noted that if doctors used a graft from RGIII's right patellar tendon in the original surgery, that option would be unavailable to them this time around. Instead, surgeons could use a graft from the hamstring or from the patellar tendon in the other knee. Obviously, two knee surgeries at once would lengthen the rehab time.

Here are the original articles in USA TODAY and ESPN.com.

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