RG3 Reportedly Has Partially Torn Ligaments, and More NFC East News

Brad Gagnon@Brad_Gagnon NFL National ColumnistJanuary 8, 2013

LANDOVER, MD - JANUARY 06:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins walks off of the field injured in the fourth quarter against the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at FedExField on January 6, 2013 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Nobody is expecting great news when it comes to Robert Griffin III's knee. The Washington Redskins quarterback re-injured it late in Sunday's playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks, and the initial feeling coming out of Landover was not a good one. 

And while nothing's been confirmed yet, the initial reports regarding what an MRI has revealed aren't good. 

Griffin has partial tears to his ACL and his LCL in his right knee, according to a report from Mark Maske and Dave Sheinin of the Washington Post

Recovery times vary greatly in situations like these and a second opinion is coming, per the team's official website. 

From the report in the Post:

One person with knowledge of the situation said Griffin may need exploratory surgery to determine the extent of his injuries. Another said the quarterback hopes to avoid full-blown reconstructive surgery, which would be possible if the tears are partial, not complete.

Reached by phone Monday afternoon, Andrews declined to discuss the specifics of Griffin's injury.

"We won't know until we give him a full examination," Andrews said. "But he's a great kid, and we're going to get him well for next season."

James C. Dreese, a physician for the University of Maryland athletic teams, said that if Griffin requires reconstructive surgery on his ACL, his rehabilitation would take six to nine months. If the LCL or medial collateral ligament also require reconstruction, that could add as much as two months to the process.

Dreese also said that because this would be Griffin's second ACL reconstruction, the rehab could be slower than it was the first time. "Usually they go a little bit slower the second time, especially if there's a lateral issue as well," Dreese said.

On to what else is being talked about in the NFC East this morning...


Dallas Cowboys

From Rainer Sabin of the Dallas Morning News: Dez Bryant says he's having finger surgery today.

From Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: Jason Garrett has fired running backs coach Skip Peete


New York Giants

From Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News: Giants scouting director Marc Ross is up for four general manager jobs

ESPNNewYork.com's Ohm Youngmisuk breaks down what ailed the Giants' pass rush and how it can improve in 2013. 


Philadelphia Eagles

From ProFootballTalk: Ron Jaworski told 97.5 The Fanatic in Philly that the Eagles have yet to reach out to Jon Gruden but that Chucky would be interested if they called

In the meantime, the Eagles are interviewing Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, according to CSN Philly's Reuben Frank.


Washington Redskins

From Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post: Everyone's hating on the FedEx Field turf after Sunday's game.

One more from Maske: Mike Shanahan suggested on Monday that the 'Skins might not be done fighting the salary cap case that is expected to cost them $18 million in cap space this offseason.