No shortage of fear, anxiety surrounding RG3’s prognosis

Previous injuries prompt further tests

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“Many may question, criticize & think they have all the right answers,” he wrote. “But few have been in the line of fire in battle.”

Critics also were armed with the ugly sequence that prematurely ended Griffin’s season. With 6:19 remaining, his knee buckled when he leaned down to pick up an errant shotgun snap.

If Griffin’s ACL is only partially torn, there’s a chance he could avoid surgery. If it is completely torn, he would need ligament reconstruction surgery.

After he tore his ACL in 2009 during his sophomore season at Baylor, he had a patellar tendon graft to reconstruct the ligament, he said last month.

ACL reconstruction surgery requires eight to 12 months of rehabilitation. The 2013 season begins in eight months.

That scenario would sideline Griffin for the Redskins‘ offseason program. Shanahan cited Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who tore his ACL on Christmas Eve 2011 and rushed for more than 2,000 yards this season, as an example of a player succeeding eight months after an ACL tear

“I thought Adrian Peterson did pretty good last year for not being part of the offseason program,” Shanahan said. “But the perfect scenario is always being there, especially for a quarterback.”

Third-string quarterback Rex Grossman believes Griffin’s participation in Washington’s offseason program, which begins April 15, isn’t imperative.

“Not very important,” said Grossman, who mentored Griffin during his rookie season. “He’s a Pro Bowl player as a rookie. He’s not going to need to just be a normal rookie where you have a lot of improvement from Year 1 to Year 2 and it’s crucial. That’s true, but it’s a little bit different when you’re already a Pro Bowler and an NFC East champion.

“He’s going to be fine. I don’t care how bad he’s hurt, he’s going to be awesome, 100 percent ready to go in August, and that’s all that matters.”

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