Fans across the D.C. region are wondering if Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III will make a full recovery after surgery this morning to repair a torn ligament in his ailing right knee.

Like many football stars, Griffin has experienced repeated falls and injuries, which can take its toll. The first occurred in 2009 when he tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and had to miss the rest of his college season. The ACL is one of four major ligaments in the knee and is critical to knee stability.

More recently, Griffin sprained his lateral collateral ligament (LCL) during last month’s game against the Baltimore Ravens. He quickly returned to the field to play three more games with a knee brace. Then during this past Sunday’s playoff game against the Seahawks, he hurt his knee again while taking a fall.

Dr. Christopher Magee, orthopedic surgeon at the Joint Replacement Center at Washington Adventist Hospital, explains 6-8 months is standard recovery for ACL and LCL reconstruction. “It’s important for patients not to jump or twist the knee during this period of recovery,” says Magee.

Is Griffin’s recovery prospect better because he’s a professional athlete? “Even though your muscles will be in better shape as an athlete, the ligaments don’t know the difference,” says Dr. Magee. “No matter what, it’s going to take about 6 months for the ligaments to firm up and return back to the bone.”

So the looming question remains, can we expect to see RGIII back on the field for the 2013 NFL season?

“I think it’s not unreasonable to expect he’d be able to get back into the game, and make a full recovery if he’s given enough time,” says Dr. Magee.

Check out Dr. Magee’s full interview with Channel 9 News for more info!