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RG3 underwent his right knee surgery yesterday morning to reconstruct his torn ACL and LCL ligament. We are unsure of the degree of the injury, given the fact that this is a re-tear of a previous reconstruction using his patellar ligament, and the techniques used to reconstruct the knee, but we trust he had a great reconstruction without any complications. Now that we have some clarification regarding the two ligament knee injury, speculation is now heightened as to the time for full recovery and is it even realistic to expect a full recovery. The best estimates have to be in the range of eight to 12 months for full recovery, with eight being extremely optimistic. (click here to see a video presentation on the ACL surgery process)

Coming off the heels of Adrian Peterson’s amazing ACL recovery, we do know it is possible. But, we have to remember that Peterson is a special specimen, an exception to the rule, an aberration if you will… It is more common for elite athletes, especially professional football players, to not return to their pre-injury level of function, and can not honestly say they reached “full” recovery to return to the same level of competitiveness than before the injury. In fact, some surveys would place the percentage similar to a coin toss regarding any average athlete to be able return to the sport at the same level as before their injury. That’s the bad news…

The good news???  Well, RG3 may be another Adrian Peterson, or even Willis McGahee. Many great athlete’s have a way of redefining their role and excelling in other areas of their game. Take the prototype wide receiver Jerry Rice after he torn his ACL, or even Michael Jordan – perfecting his unstoppable fade away…

The point is this, there is no way to predict the overall outcome from this devastating injury, as every ACL rupture is a little different. Add the complication of an associated LCL rupture that gives it a little more of an unpredictable personality, and the fact that every athlete has their own individual factors that involve biology, genetics, healing capacity, rehabilitation and work ethic, and sport psychology, we will all have to wait it out and see how it will unfold…