WASHINGTON – Robert Griffin III underwent reconstructive knee surgery Wednesday and faces a challenging rehab if he is to return for the start of next season.
The Washington Redskins quarterback had his lateral collateral ligament repaired and his ACL in his right knee reconstructed for a second time. The surgery was performed in Florida by orthopedist James Andrews, who was optimistic that Griffin would be back on the field this fall.
We expect a full recovery, and it is everybody’s hope and belief that due to Robert’s high motivation, he will be ready for the 2013 season, Andrews said in a statement released by the Redskins.
Griffin tore the ACL in the same knee in 2009 while playing for Baylor, which could slow the recovery time.
Griffin himself sounded an upbeat tone on Twitter just before the surgery began early Wednesday morning.
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, he tweeted.
Agent: Colts Arians out of hospital
The agent for Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, 60, said his client was released from an Indianapolis hospital and that they are finalizing details to begin interviewing for head coaching jobs.
The Colts have given at least three teams permission to speak with Arians: the Bears, Cleveland and Philadelphia.
Colts’ Telesco hired as Chargers’ GM
San Diego hired Tom Telesco from the Colts to replace fired general manager A.J. Smith.
Telesco, 40, spent the last 15 seasons with the Colts, most recently as vice president of football operations. He had a hand in the moves that helped the Colts go from 2-14 in 2011 to 11-5 and the playoffs this year, including taking quarterback Andrew Luck No. 1 overall last April.
Around the league
Cleveland interviewed Carolina offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski for its coaching job.
Chudzinski, 44, who has had two previous stints as an assistant with Cleveland, has spent the past two seasons working with quarterback Cam Newton.
Seattle signed kicker Ryan Longwell and defensive end Patrick Chukwurah after placing Steven Hauschka and Chris Clemons on injured reserve. Carolina hired Giants senior pro personnel analyst David Gettleman as its new general manager.