Originally Posted by Cowboys22
One more thing, this new story that the ACL was intact but it was repaired anyway, is 100% total BS just like the cloudy MRI story. They have known since about 3 minutes after that knee buckled and he went into that little room that the ACL was gone. Its a simple test for stability and the doctor can tell almost 100% right then and there on the field. The MRI is done for confirmation and to determine the extent of the damage so they can plan the surgery. This latest bit on news is nothing more that a CYA for the doctor and the coach. They let the kid play with torn ligaments and he went out and fully ruptured his knee because it was unstable. I'm sorry, I don't buy any of it. If the ACL was intact and only partially torn then it was only a sprain and would not need total reconstruction. They simply cannot admit the truth because their judgement would be topic #1 and Goodall would probably have to step in and do something.
Partial ACL tears leave laxity and thus knee instability. If Griffin suffered a partial tear, then the drawer test would likely have shown some greater than normal movement but been inconclusive for a rupture.
Regardless, a severe grade 2 ACL sprain will often require replacement because it won't really heal itself, so the knee remains instable and is just a rupture waiting to happen. I don't really know what changes when the "ligament" is really a patellar tendon graft, but my guess is that it is even less likely to heal because tendons themselves heal slowly, let alone one grafted to serve as a ligament.