WACO (January 9, 2013)-Washington Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III underwent surgery Wednesday in Florida after doctors found a tear in his anterior cruciate ligament during an early morning arthroscopic examination, a source close to the Baylor Heisman Trophy winner said.
The arthroscopic exam was performed at around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday and doctors began surgery about 90 minutes later, the source said.
The two to three hour procedure was completed by late morning and went well, the source said.
The damage to the ACL would have been considered minor in an average person, but not in an athlete such as Griffin, the source said.
Doctors are also repairing a torn lateral collateral ligament, which was discovered earlier.
Griffin tore the ACL in his right knee in 2009 while playing for Baylor and reinjured his right knee in the Redskins' playoff loss to Seattle Sunday.
Dr. David Haynes, a local knee surgeon and team physician for Baylor Football, said Griffin's injury is rare.
"The LCL injury is typically a more sever injury," Dr. Haynes said.
"On a scale of one to ten, ten being the worst, his first injury in 2009 was about a five. His current injury I would say is a seven or eight."
Dr. Haynes worked with Baylor Football while Griffin recovered from his ACL injury in 2009. He says Griffin will now undergo rehabilitation similar to what he did with Baylor.
It's rehabilitation, Dr. Haynes says, that RG3 did well with.
"There is a well known protocol for ACL rehabilitation and he blew right through it. He is a remarkable athlete," Dr. Haynes said.
Early Wednesday morning, Griffin tweeted, "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."
On Tuesday the team sent him to Florida to see renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews for more examinations.
Griffin had to miss a regular-season game after spraining the knee in an overtime win against Baltimore.
He re-injured the knee twice in Sunday's playoff loss to Seattle.