Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) is chased out of the pocket by Dallas Cowboys' Victor Butler (57) in the second half of an NFL football game on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)
Robert Griffin III had surgery to repair two ligaments in his troublesome right knee Wednesday morning.
The Washington Redskins quarterback had his knee repaired by orthopedist James Andrews in Florida. Andrews said Wednesday that it's "everybody's hope and belief" that the quarterback will be ready for the 2013 season.
Orthopedist James Andrews said Wednesday that Griffin "had a direct repair" of the lateral collateral ligament and "a re-do of his previous ACL reconstruction."
Andrews says he expects a full recovery because of Griffin's "high motivation."
Griffin reinjured his knee in Sunday's playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks. He previously tore the ACL in the same knee while playing for Baylor in 2009.
"Thank you for your prayers and support. I love God, my family, my team, the fans, & I love this game. See you guys next season," Griffin tweeted before the surgery began.
Griffin sprained the LCL last month when he was hit by Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Haloti Ngata at the end of a 13-yard scramble. Griffin missed one game and returned to play three more while wearing a bulky knee brace, his mobility clearly hindered.
Then, on Sunday, Griffin hurt the knee again as he fell awkwardly while throwing a pass in the first quarter against the Seahawks. He remained in the game, with Shanahan saying he trusted Griffin's word that all was OK.
Griffin finally departed in the fourth quarter, after the knee buckled while he was trying to field a bad shotgun snap.
The No. 2 overall pick in last year's draft, Griffin was one of several rookie quarterbacks to make an instant impact on the NFL this season. He set the league record for best season passer rating by a rookie QB and led the Redskins to their first NFC East title in 13 years.
But he also had to leave three games early due to injuries - two because of his knee and one because of a concussion - and missed a fourth altogether because of the knee.
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