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Tom Brady, NE - Fractured Finger, Fractured Ribs and Shoulder Soreness
Despite playing hurt for a number of games last season Patriots’ QB Tom Brady still had a magnificent year passing for 28 touchdowns and for over 4,000 yards. The injuries, which included a fractured finger, fractured ribs and chronic shoulder soreness, kept him out of the Pro Bowl. However Brady told reporters that his injuries did not require surgery. According to reports Brady worked out hard during the off-season and he’s now completely healthy and he should be in great shape when training camp begins.
Trent Edwards, BUF - High Ankle Sprain
Bills’ QB Trent Edwards, who missed the end of last season after suffering a high ankle sprain, has made a complete recovery and looks ready to compete for the starting job when training camp begins. Edwards took a majority of the reps with the first-team offense during May OTAs and although he appears to be the favorite to win the job head coach Chan Gailey has said that it will be an open competition between Edwards, Brian Brohm, Ryan Fitzpatrick and rookie Levi Brown. During an early off-season press conference Edwards admitted to reporters that his inability to stay healthy was a big problem last season and that his goal for 2010 was to avoid contact where possible. If he goes through training camp injury-free he’ll likely open up the regular season as the Bills’ starting QB.
Bruce Gradkowski, OAK - Torn Pectoral Muscle and partial bilateral MCL tears
Raiders’ QB Bruce Gradkowski spent a large portion of the off-season recovering from partial medial collateral ligament tears in both knees. Neither injury required surgery, however he still participated in a fairly extensive rehabilitation program. He was running and cutting without a problem by the end of March and according to reports the team’s medical staff was confident that his knees were no longer an issue. Unfortunately Gradkowski suffered a freak chest injury while working out in April and he’ll likely miss all of the team’s mini camp practices this month. Gradkowski completely tore his left pectoral muscle while bench pressing 250 pounds. His chest was surgically repaired and he is reportedly doing well in his recovery. Team officials expect him to be ready when training camp begins, however he will likely be the Raiders’ number 2 QB behind starter Jason Campbell.
Peyton Manning, IND - Minor Neck Surgery
According to reports Colts’ QB Peyton Manning made a quick recovery from off-season neck surgery and after practicing without a problem in May the team expects him to be at full strength during their June mini camp. Manning has reportedly complained of discomfort and pain in his neck for over four years. The problem, which was being caused by a pinched nerve, was corrected in a minor surgical procedure in early March and he has since made a fast recovery. Manning has been a full participant during team organized practices and workouts and it appears that he will be completely healthy for the start of training camp.
Carson Palmer, CIN - Thumb Surgery / Elbow Concerns
Bengals’ QB Carson Palmer, who tore a ligament in his left (non-throwing) thumb back in October last year, had the injury surgically repaired in January and he’s since made a full recovery. However there is growing concern from members of the media that his right elbow is still not completely healthy. Palmer missed a large portion of the 2008 season with a torn ligament and tendon in his elbow. He did not undergo Tommy John surgery to fix the problem. Instead he decided to rest his elbow and with the assistance of treatment and rehab he was healthy enough to take part in training camp and start the 2009 season. He played in all 16 games, but he threw for just 3,094 yards and 21 touchdowns. Not awful, but still a big step back from what he did 2 seasons ago. Those that watched Palmer closely last year especially towards the end of the season noticed that he stayed away from the deep pass. Head coach Marvin Lewis has been impressed with what he has seen from Palmer this off-season and Palmer has told reporters that his elbow is “stronger than ever.” So things are looking up. But we really won’t know how he is until training camp and the start of the regular season. Draft with caution.
Matt Ryan, ATL - Turf Toe
Falcons’ head coach Mike Smith recently told reporters that QB Matt Ryan’s toe was completely healthy and that he expected Ryan to continue running and cutting at full speed during this month’s mini camp practices. Ryan was reportedly slowed by a chronic right turf toe problem last season and he spent the first couple of months of the off-season in rehab. Ryan has looked sharp during OTAs and he’s moving around at full speed without an issue. He should be good to go when training camp begins.
Mark Sanchez, NYJ - Patellar Tendon Surgery / Sprained PCL
Jets’ QB Mark Sanchez is currently scheduled to make his return to the field on June 14 after spending the last 14 weeks recovering from left patellar tendon surgery. According to reports Sanchez has been dealing with a chronically subluxing left knee cap since dislocating his knee cap and partially tearing the patellar tendon (patellar ligament) while attending USC prior to the 2008-2009 college season. Sanchez aggravated the problem during this past NFL season and after consulting with Dr. James Andrews in the off-season he decided to undergo an arthroscopic procedure to repair the damaged patellar tendon that in turn will help to properly stabilize the knee cap (patella). According to reports the surgery went as planned and he has made steady progress in his recovery. Sanchez, who is also recovering from a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, is no longer wearing a brace on his surgically repaired knee and he will likely take part in team drills for the first time this off-season during this month’s mini camp. Jets’ officials expect him to be fine for the start of training camp.
Matthew Stafford, DET - AC Joint Sprain and Arthroscopic Knee Surgery
QB Matthew Stafford’s shoulder and knee looked healthy during the Lions’ May OTAs and the team expects him to be ready for the start of training camp. Stafford missed four games last season because of a shoulder separation (acromioclavicular joint sprain) and he was also hampered by a sore and swollen knee that required off-season arthroscopic surgery. Head coach Jim Schwartz told reporters that Stafford’s recovery from both injuries has gone well. Stafford recently admitted that his knee wasn’t 100% yet, however he said that he was stepping into his throws with confidence and that he expected to be close to full strength when June mini camp workouts begin. Barring an unforeseen problem, Stafford should be completely healthy for the start of training camp.