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RGIII Undergoes Reconstructive Surgery, Could Be Out For Eight Months

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The road to recovery begins now for the sensational Robert Griffin III.

RGIII, who left the Redskins' playoff loss to the Seahawks last weekend after a scary looking play late in the fourth quarter, reportedly underwent reconstructive surgery on Wednesday to repair torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments in his right knee. The Washington Post reported that the surgery lasted five hours. It is expected that Griffin is looking at a 6- to 8-month recovery period, with his return expected in time for the 2013 NFL season. Questions remain, however, whether the quarterback would be full strength when the season kicks off.

Griffin had previously suffered an ACL injury back in 2009, when he was setting records down at Baylor University, and also suffered an LCL sprain in early December.

The knee injury was an unfortunate end to an otherwise spectacular rookie season for Griffin, who brought much-needed energy back to the long-suffering Redskins. Griffin threw for 3,200 yards and 20 touchdowns this season (he threw only 5 interceptions), and added another 815 rushing yards and 7 rushing touchdowns. - Tim Hyland

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