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Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III underwent reconstructive surgery Wednesday on his right knee to repair torn lateral and anterior cruciate ligaments.

Noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews performed the surgery in Pensacola, Fla., and he is expected to be ready for the 2013 season.

"Robert Griffin III had successful knee surgery early this morning," Andrews said in a statement. "He had a direct repair of his LCL and a re-do of his previous ACL reconstruction. We expect a full recovery, and it is everybody's hope and belief that due to Robert's high motivation, he will be ready for the 2013 season."

Total reconstruction, which was completed Wednesday afternoon, was deemed necessary after Andrews discovered a complete tear of the patellar graft that was used to repair the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner's torn ACL at Baylor in 2009.

USA Today received a text from Griffin's father, Robert Griffin II, explaining the extent of the injury. "Robert's ACL is intact, but not enough for his profession," he said. "You and I could be fine. But he is an athlete. So they will replace."

Griffin reinjured the knee in the first quarter of Sunday's wild-card playoff loss to Seattle but stayed in the game until reinjuring it in the fourth quarter.

---The San Diego Chargers hired Tim Telesco as their new general manager, setting the table for the team to focus on its search for a new head coach.

Telesco comes over from the Indianapolis Colts, where he was the vice president of football operations. He replaces fired A.J. Smith.

The Chargers continued their search for a new coach by reaching out to UCLA head coach Jim Mora, the Los Angeles Times reported.

---Dave Gettleman, who helped the New York Giants build teams that won two Super Bowls, was hired by the Carolina Panthers to be the general manager. He replaces Marty Hurney, who was fired in October.

Gettleman, 61, spent 12 years as the Giants' director of pro personnel before becoming the team's senior pro personnel analyst last year. He previously worked as a scout for the Buffalo Bulls and Denver Broncos.

---The Buffalo Bills hired former New York Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to fill the same role with the Bills, according to several reports.

Pettine's deal is for three years, ESPN.com reported. However, the Bills have yet to announce the move.

---Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians was released from an Indianapolis hospital early Wednesday evening.

"I'm home," he told the Indianapolis Star. "The let me out, and I'm feeling fine. I'm ready to get back at it."

Doctors had been treating the 60-year-old for an inner-ear infection since he missed Sunday's wild-card loss to the Ravens. Arians had complained of being dizzy and migraine headache symptoms.

Arians has been mentioned as a potential candidate for a number of head coaching vacancies.

---Former Pittsburgh Steelers coach Bill Cowher expects to return to the sideline at some point.

Newsday reported Tuesday that Cowher, 55, answered "yes" when asked whether he might coach again at some point. When that could be remains a mystery. He left the Steelers after the 2006 season.

---Carolina Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski interviewed for the Cleveland Browns' head coaching job Wednesday, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. The team was set to interview Cincinnati Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer later in the day, according to FOXSports.com.

---Green Bay wide receiver Jordy Nelson missed practice for the second straight day and Randall Cobb was sent home from practice with the flu.

The Packers' receiving corps has not been healthy for the most of the year, but head coach Mike McCarthy thinks both Nelson and Cobb should be able to play when Green Bay takes on San Francisco on Saturday night in an NFC Divisional playoff game.

---Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis took exception to Indianapolis wide receiver Reggie Wayne calling his dance at the end of Sunday's AFC wild-card game disrespectful.

Lewis, said he wasn't taunting the Colts or rubbing it in.

"It wasn't about them at that time," Lewis said. "That was about capping off a heck of a legacy for 17 years that when he was in Pop Warner playing football, I was in Baltimore.

"I guess the trot around the field was disrespectful, too? No. It wasn't even about (the Colts). The game was over. Triple zeros; it was over. I didn't go towards their sideline and make no big issue of that because I have never been that type of player."

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