Dr. James Andrews: RG3 already looking to start rehab

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III had surgery Wednesday on his right knee. With each passing day, the damage seems to get worse.

In a column for FOXSports.com, Dr. Mark Adickes, who performed RG3's first ACL surgery in 2009, writes: "The surgery that Dr. James Andrews performed was a repair of his LCL, a revision reconstruction of his ACL and a repair of his medial meniscus. All three surgeries are significant when done alone. When done together, they comprise a major surgery that leads to an extremely painful and arduous recovery."

Before Adicke's piece, it wasn't publicly known that RG3's medial meniscus had been damaged too.

Still, Dr. Andrews, expects Griffin to make a full recovery with the hope that he will ready for the 2013 season. Given the quarterback's stubborn nature, it's not surprising he's already looking to start rehab.

"Well, I really can't talk specifically about an injury from just the privacy act of that young man's career," Andrews during a Sirius XM appearance (via the Washington Post). "But obviously I had to operate on his knee. And it's a shame, but he had a re-injury to his ACL.

"He's already waiting on me this morning to start his rehab and start his recovery. A fine young man and a great talent. We're looking forward to trying to get him back, ready for next season. That's about the gist of it."

Andrews also discussed the success rate for NFL players who undergo ACL surgery, and it varies by position.

"Well, we talk about ACL reconstructive procedures -- [it's] one of our best operations we do in sports, as far as the overall results," he said. "Ninety-five percent, is just a figure that comes out of the head right now, success rate. That's across the board.

"Now, if you take an NFL running back that's got to depend on his knee function probably at the highest level, there's about 55 percent of them that are still playing football after what we would call a successful ACL surgery, about 55 percent still playing actively in the NFL after two years."

You could argue that RG3's rookie success was as much about his ability to run as it was to throw. Which means that the reconstructive surgery could have an effect on the way he plays when he returns to the field.

"So is that a failure of the ACL surgery? No, that's a failure of that running back losing a step and losing the ability to cut on a dime and is not able to play," Andrews explained. "So it's not as rosy as what it might look, as you go up the ladder to try to play football professionally after an ACL operation."

There are exceptions, of course. Andrews noted last week that Adrian Peterson, who shredded his knee against the Redskins in December 2011, "defied the odds" in his comeback. And unlike Peterson, the hope is that, as Griffin matures, he'll rely more on his arm than his legs to make plays.

Of course, there are also other ways to prolong your career.

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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