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2010 Off-Season Injury Report - IDP
Philip Gentles
June 13, 2010
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Nick Barnett, LB, GB - Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Packers’ LB Nick Barnett is reportedly close to full strength following off-season arthroscopic knee surgery. Barnett, who had right ACL surgery just over a year ago, hyper-extended the same knee at the end of last season. He was diagnosed with a bone bruise, however he did need surgery to repair something in the off-season. The details of the procedure have not been made public, but it does look like he will be ready for training camp.

Keith Brooking, LB, DAL - Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Cowboys’ LB Keith Brooking, who underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove loose bodies under the patellar in his knee, has resumed practice and team officials expect him to be cleared for contact by the start of training camp. Brooking complained of knee pain while he worked out in the off-season and after several examinations and tests it was determined an arthroscopic procedure was needed to see what the problem was. During the procedure they discovered and removed what is being called “floaters” under his kneecap. Brooking has made steady progress since then.

Jairus Byrd, DB, BUF - Hip Surgery

According to reports Bills’ DB Jairus Bird, who was runner-up to Texans’ LB Brian Cushing for the 2009 defensive rookie of the year, participated in some team drills during recent OTAs and there is a good chance that he will be cleared for all drills when training camp begins. Byrd tore the labrum in his hip at the end of last season and he had it surgically repaired soon thereafter. Byrd has admitted that he isn’t 100% yet, but he has looked good while running with the first-team defense and barring a setback he should be completely healthy when the regular season begins.

Channing Crowder, LB, MIA - Surgery to Repair Foot Fracture

Dolphins’ LB Channing Crowder recently took part in a full practice for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair a fractured bone in his right foot. Crowder, who has said that his foot was recovering slowly, has not complained of post-activity soreness since early May and according to reports he has regained his starting spot from Tim Dobbins.

Thomas Davis, LB, CAR - Torn ACL

Panthers’ LB Thomas Davis, who retore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee during OTAs, recently underwent surgery to repair the new damage and he will likely miss the entire 2010 season. Davis originally tore his right ACL in November and according to reports he was ahead schedule in his recovery and back on the field with teammates when he tore it again. The team has not placed him on IR yet and is hoping that he will be ready to return at the end of the season. But the chances of that happening at this point are between slim and none.

Bradley Fletcher, DB, STL - Torn ACL and LCL

Rams’ CB Brandon Fletcher should be ready for training camp after spending much of the off-season recovering from major knee surgery. Fletcher tore the anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments in his knee last season but he nearly back to full strength and head coach Steve Spagnuolo is confident that he will ready to compete for the starting job when training camp begins.

Al Harris, DB, GB - Major Knee Reconstruction

Packers’ DB Al Harris will likely start training camp on the PUP list as he continues to recover from a serious knee injury. According to reports Harris tore his anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments as well as his hamstring and iliotibial band when he hurt his knee last season. Harris has begun running again, however he has not returned to practice and there is a chance that he will not only miss training camp and the pre-season but part of the regular season as well.

Geno Hayes, LB, ARI - Shoulder Surgery

Cardinals’ LB Geno Hayes tore the labrum in his shoulder in the team’s final game last season and he had off-season surgery to repair the damage. According to reports he is making steady progress in his recovery and team officials are happy with where he is and they expect him to be cleared for contact at the start of training camp.

E.J. Henderson, LB, MIN - Fractured Femur

Vikings’ MLB E.J. Henderson, who continues to recover from a fractured femur, has returned to practice and although he is still limited to individual drills it appears that he will be able to participate in some capacity during training camp. Henderson is still not running at full-speed but he is strong enough to get on the field. He’ll likely be held out of contact drills during training camp and he might not be cleared to play in a game until late in the pre-season.

Rey Maualuga, LB, CIN - Arthroscopic Leg Surgery

Bengals’ LB Rey Maualuga will be out until the start of training camp after undergoing arthroscopic leg surgery during the off-season. Maualuga was recovering from a fractured fibula bone in his ankle, unfortunately he began to complain of ankle pain when he walked and lingering soreness at the injury site. So after undergoing a few tests the medical staff decided to surgically remove a problematic callus that had formed when his broken fibula healed. By all accounts he is doing well and he hopes to cleared to workout on his own in July.

Terrence McGee, DB, BUF - Shoulder Surgery

Bills’ DB Terrence McGee, who had surgery at the end of last season to repair severe damage in his shoulder, has not participated in off-season practices or workouts and the team’s medical staff does not expect him to be ready for training camp. McGee dislocated his shoulder in Week 15 last year and he suffered a torn biceps, rotator cuff and labrum as a result. All needed to be surgically repaired and he has spent his time since the procedure recovering and getting himself ready for the 2010 season. He only just began to lift light weights and some team officials aren’t sure if he will be cleared for contact in time for the start of the regular season.

Quintin Mikell, DB, PHI - Sprained MCL

Eagles’ SS Quintin Mikell recently sprained the medial collateral ligament in his knee during OTAs, but he should be ready for the start of training camp. Head coach Andy Reid told reporters that the injury was not considered serious and that he expects Mikell to be fine.

Antwan Odom, DL, CIN - Torn Achilles’ Tendon

Antwan Odom, who missed the second half of the 2009 season after tearing his Achilles’ tendon, has returned to practice and he believes that he will be cleared for all activities when training camp begins. Odom has been limited throughout the off-season as he continued to recover from Achilles’ surgery. But it looks like he is very close to full strength.

Troy Polamalu, DB, PIT - Torn PCL

Steelers’ head coach Mike Tomlin has told reporters that SS Troy Polamalu, who missed a number of games last year with a torn posterior cruciate ligament in his knee, has completely recovered and he should be ready for the start of training camp. Polamalu did not need surgery to repair the damage in his knee but according to reports he still took part in an extensive rehab program. His knee is back to full strength and he should be full-go when training camp begins.

Ed Reed, DB, BAL - Hip Surgery

Ravens’ FS Ed Reed, who had the torn labrum in his hip surgically repaired in the off-season, will miss the start of training camp however head coach John Harbaugh hopes that he will be cleared to return at some point in August. Reed missed four games during the regular season last year because of the injury to his hip but he was able to play through the pain during the Ravens’ playoff run. There were rumors that Reed was going to retire this off-season. But he wouldn’t have undergone the hip procedure and the subsequent rehab if he wasn’t going to play. By all accounts the procedure did go as planned and the team expects him to be at full speed in time for the start of the regular season.

Shaun Rogers, DL, CLE - Fractured Leg

Browns’ DL Shaun Rogers is still not back to full strength as he continues to recover from a fractured leg. Rogers, who was hurt last season, is running and he has been spotted in the weight room. However he has not been cleared for contact and that might not happen until after the start of training camp. Keep in mind that Rogers faces a league-imposed suspension because of an April arrest for carrying a loaded weapon.

Bob Sanders, DB, IND - Torn Biceps and Torn Knee Cartilage

According to reports Colts’ SS Bob Sanders is healthy enough where he has been able to practice at full speed during recent OTAs and he is confident that his arm and knee will not be issues during the 2010 season. Sanders was limited to just 2 games last season after first dealing with damaged cartilage in his knee and then a torn biceps tendon in his arm. Both injuries appear to be behind him and he looks ready for training camp. As good as he is when he is on the field he is a major fantasy risk because of his inability to stay healthy.

Darren Sharper, DB, NO - Partial Micro fracture Surgery

Saints’ DB Darren Sharper had partial micro fracture knee surgery during the off-season and head coach Sean Payton is optimistic about his chances of being ready for training camp. Sharper reportedly dealt with knee pain and inflammation associated with cartilage damage for much of last season and although he didn’t undergo full blown micro fracture surgery, he did have an arthroscopic procedure in which some micro fracture techniques were used. Sharper is pleased with his progress and he is confident that he will be 100% when the regular season begins.

Jason Taylor, LB/, NYJ - Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery

Jets’ LB Jason Taylor, who had off-season arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder, remains limited in workouts and practices but the team expects him to be cleared for contact and full practices when training camp begins. Taylor reportedly had surgery to repair undisclosed damage in shoulder (he was injured in Week 5 last season) in February and he spent the next three-months in an extensive rehab program. He is currently doing well and head coach Rex Ryan indicated that Taylor should be practicing with the team at the start of training camp.

Brian Urlacher, LB, CHI - Wrist Surgery

Bears’ veteran LB Brian Urlacher recently admitted that he experienced some pain in his surgically repaired wrist while working out, however it appears that the pain was a result of him doing too much rather than him suffering a setback. According to reports Urlacher’s wrist is back to full strength and he has been very active in recent OTAs. Obviously this incident with his wrist must be monitored, but right now it doesn’t appear to be something to be too concerned about.

Patrick Willis, LB, SF - Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

49ers’ LB Patrick Willis, who was bothered by inflammation and pain in his knee last season, had a bursa sac removed from his knee in an arthroscopic procedure and the team expects him to be participate in training camp. Willis admitted to a reporter that his recovery has gone slower than expected and that he had hoped to be practicing at full speed by now. He still has over a month to get himself ready for training camp with the ultimate goal to be at full strength and speed for Week 1 of the regular season.

Antoine Winfield, DB, MIN - Fractured Foot

Vikings’ DB Antoine Winfield recently told reporters that his bothersome foot was feeling fine and that he would be at full speed when training camp begins. Winfield broke a bone in his foot last season and re-injured it during the NFC Championship game. It isn’t clear is he had surgery to fix the break, however Winfield did say that he visited with a specialist and that he had “an injection that stopped the inflammation and knocked everything out.” He went on to say that he is running a full speed and without pain or discomfort. This is an injury that could cause a problem later on down the road, but it looks like he is as healthy as he is going to be heading into training camp.

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