Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III had two knee ligaments surgically repaired Wednesday -- a reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament and a repair of a tear in the lateral collateral ligament.
The surgery puts the rookie's availability in doubt for next season and questions whether his style of play can, or should, be continued when he returns.
It was the second time Griffin's ACL has had to be reconstructed; the first was when he was at Baylor in 2009. It is unclear how long his recovery will take, but the tear in the LCL is considered by doctors to be a serious complication that could extend the time frame for his return well past the start of the 2013 season.
Dr. James Andrews, the orthopedic surgeon who operated on Griffin -- and who is also a Redskins team doctor -- said that "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."
Griffin sustained what the team said was a milder injury to the LCL on Dec. 9 against Baltimore.
Eagles: Philadelphia interviewed Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly for its coaching vacancy, a person familiar with the meeting said.
Seahawks: Ex-Cal kicker Ryan Longwell and defensive end Patrick Chukwurah were signed by Seattle, taking the roster spots of kicker Steven Hauschka (calf strain) and defensive end Chris Clemons (knee injury). Longwell, who spent 15 seasons with Green Bay and Minnesota, didn't kick in the NFL this season.
Chargers: President Dean Spanos hired Tom Telesco to replace fired general manager A.J. Smith. Telesco spent the last 15 seasons with Indianapolis, most recently as vice president of football operations. Telesco said he hasn't spoken with any candidates to replace the fired Norv Turner.
Panthers: Carolina hired New York Giants pro personnel analyst David Gettleman as G.M. Marty Hurney was fired after the Panthers' 1-5 start.
Browns: A person familiar with the meeting said Rob Chudzinski, Carolina's offensive coordinator, interviewed with Cleveland.
Saints: Coach Sean Payton signed a five-year contract extension that will run through the 2017 season. He agreed in principle to the deal Dec. 29. Financial details weren't released.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.