Robert Griffin III to wear knee brace for entire 2013 season

Griffin tore his ACL and LCL in January, but he's alraedy back to practicing with the team. Photo: Associated Press

Robert Griffin III might be closer than ever to being back under center for the Washington Redskins, but the team is not taking any chances when it comes to his surgically-repaired knee.

According to, the second-year quarterback and defending NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year will wear a brace on the knee for the entire 2013 season.

He did the same thing in 2010 while playing at Baylor after tearing the ACL in the same knee he injured during last year's NFC Playoffs.

Griffin tore both his ACL and LCL in the Redskins' playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks this past January. The ACL tear was a repeat of the injury he suffered and had repaired in college. His quick recovery dazzled doctors, though.

He likely won't play in any preseason games this season, but doctors have cleared him to practice and the team is extremely hopeful that he'll be ready for the team's Sept. 9 opener against Philadelphia.