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RGIII has partially torn ACL, MCL, report says

Robert Griffin has a partially torn ACL and MCL, according to a report. (Al Bello/Getty Images) Robert Griffin has a partially torn ACL and MCL, according to a report. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III has a partially torn ACL and MCL in his right knee, an MRI taken Monday revealed, according to a report in The Washington Post. The report cites "several people with knowledge of the test results."

Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan — who has drawn criticism for his decision to leave Griffin in Sunday's 24-14 wildcard loss to the Seattle Seahawks — said on Monday that the results of the MRI prompted the Redskins to send Griffin to Dr. James Andrews for further examination, where he might have to undergo exploratory surgery.

The Washington Post reported that the visit will determine whether the injuries are old or new, since Griffin tore an ACL in the same knee while playing for Baylor in 2009.

"That’s what we’re trying to find out," a person familiar with the tests told the Post, referring to the newness of the injuries.

Shanahan admitted Monday that the MRI had left the team worried about Griffin's status for next season. A torn ACL typically requires a rehabilitation period of nine to 12 months.

Griffin was hurt in the first quarter of the Redskins' loss on Sunday, but he stayed in the game. But in the fourth quarter, he twisted the knee in gruesome fashion while trying to recover a bad snap.
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