According to The Washington Post, Dr. James C. Dreese, who works for the University of Maryland athletic teams, told them that a torn LCL requires a longer rehab than an ACL.
Dreese, who has no specific knowledge of Griffin’s injury, said an LCL tear could keep Griffin out for eight to 12 months.
The length of the rehabilitation depends on whether the ligament can be repaired surgically, or requires a more extensive reconstruction using a graft from another part of the body or a cadaver. An ACL typically requires a six- to eight-month rehabilitation.
“When the collateral ligaments are involved,” Dreese said, “the concern in the long term is that controlling the rotational component of the knee can be more difficult.”
Dreese also said LCL tears are usually accompanied by injuries to one of the cruciate ligaments — the ACL or PCL (posterior cruciate ligament). However, he said if there is an ACL tear, in addition to the LCL tear, it would not necessarily lengthen Griffin’s rehab.
It seems like the news keep getting worse by the day. I’m sure Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan regrets not pulling Griffin earlier in the game.