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Washington Washington Football Team fans, this is not the news you wanted to hear. An MRI has revealed that rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III’s right knee has sustained partial tears of the anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments.

The Washington Post reports that several sources have confirmed these results.

Washington Football Team Coach Mike Shanahan said Griffin is scheduled to be examined Tuesday in Pensacola, Fla., by orthopedic surgeon James Andrews to determine whether the test results show new or previous injuries.

It was not immediately clear whether surgery would be required or how long Griffin would be sidelined if the partial ligament tears are determined to be fresh injuries. Griffin suffered a torn ACL in the same knee in 2009 while he was in college at Baylor, and has been playing in recent weeks with a mild sprain of the LCL.

One person with knowledge of the situation said Griffin might have to undergo exploratory surgery to determine the extent of the damage and whether the injuries are new. Another said Griffin hopes to avoid full-blown reconstructive surgery if the tears are partial, even if they are new injuries.

RG III sustained the injuries, or at least aggravated them, sometime during yesterday’s wildcard playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks at FedEx Field in Washington, DC. The Seahawks would win 24-14. Griffin limped off the field in the 4th quarter after his knee buckled.

The finger pointing started immediately after the gruesome looking injury (a knee is not supposed to move in that direction). Many wondered why Coach Shanahan even let the rookie of the year candidate back in the game considering he has a long career ahead of him that surely isn’t worth one playoff game.

Griffin was scheduled to play in the Pro Bowl. Safe bet that’s not happening.

Let us know who you think is to blame for RG III’s current predicament in the comments.

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