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Robert Griffin III knee surgery underway

7:23 AM, Jan 9, 2013   |    comments
Washington Redskins Quarterback Robert Griffin III is injured in 24-14 loss to Seattle in their NFL Wildcard game. Photo courtesy USA Today Sports Images.
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The person close to the quarterback, who asked not to be named due to the sensitive nature of the case, indicated that an ESPN report that contended that Griffin would undergo total reconstruction on the knee, is not accurate.

The surgery is being performed by renowned orthopedist James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., and began early Wednesday as scheduled. The extent of the damage in the knee and the timetable for Griffin's recovery are unknown.

The Redskins have not publicly confirmed any of the flurry of reports the past two days about the specific damage suffered by Griffin, who reinjured his knee during Sunday's NFC wild-card playoff loss against the Seattle Seahawks.

Griffin suffered a Grade 1 sprain of the LCL during a game against the Baltimore Ravens on Dec. 9, but after missing a game, returned for a Dec. 23 contest at the Philadelphia Eagles. Concerns about the ACL are related to the torn ACL Griffin suffered in the knee during his sophomore year at Baylor in 2009.

Griffin posted the following message on Twitter, moments before surgery:
"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."

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