Redskins beat writer Rich Campbell on QB Robert Griffin III:
It seems ambitious to expect Griffin to be at full strength by Sept. 8, 2013, the opening Sunday of next season. Ambitious, but not impossible. That’s my sense after speaking to three orthopedic surgeons (none of whom have examined Griffin), several players who have had ACL reconstruction surgery and one player who had the same ACL reconstruction revision surgery as Griffin did.
Griffin had surgery on Jan. 9, so he has one day shorter than eight months to be ready for the first game. Some athletes have returned to activity from ACL reconstruction revision surgery in six months, orthopedists said, but “returning to activity” is different than playing quarterback at a Pro Bowl level.
I’ve heard different opinions from orthopedists about how Griffin’s lateral collateral ligament repair might affect the timetable of his recovery. One said it could delay the short end of the timetable to eight months instead of six. But we know orthopedist James Andrews, who operated on Griffin last week, expects Griffin to be ready for the start of the season, so that tells us what Andrews believes about the impact of the LCL repair.