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2006 Off-Season Injury Report - Tight Ends
Philip Gentles
June 5, 2006
Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers | Tight Ends

Alge Crumpler, ATL
Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Huddle Up: Falcons’ TE Alge Crumpler, who elected to play through the 2005 season despite complaining of discomfort in his knee the entire year, had off-season arthroscopic knee surgery to clean out the joint and repair minor cartilage damage and while he remains limited the team’s medical staff expects him to be at full speed in time for Week 1 of the regular season. Crumpler continues to work with the team’s medical staff and he’s already running at full speed and has begun light plyometric drills and change-of-direction exercises. Although he might not be completely ready when the Falcons begin training camp, the cautious nature of his rehab should ensure that his knee will be completely healthy with the team kicks off the regular season.

Bubba Franks, GB
Undisclosed Neck Injury

Huddle Up: Packers’ veteran TE Bubba Franks, who continues to recover from an undisclosed neck injury that bothered him last season, has still not been cleared to practice with the team and according to reports the medical staff isn’t sure when he will be ready to play. Franks was held out May OTA’s and he remains limited to individual drills and workouts. Packers’ head coach Mike McCarthy remains hopeful that Franks will be cleared in time for training camp but at this point his status remains up in the air.

Eric Johnson, SF
Torn Plantar Fascia

Huddle Up: According to reports 49ers’ veteran TE Eric Johnson, who missed the entire 2005 season with a torn plantar fascia in his foot, is very close to full strength and the team’s medical staff expects him to be cleared for all football drills at the start of training camp. Johnson initially tore the plantar fascia during the second week of training camp but aggravated the problem several weeks later and the injury eventually cost him the season. His recovery since then hasn’t been easy, but he’s been very active in the team’s off-season conditioning program and after being limited to individual drills in April and early May the team’s medical staff finally cleared him to take part in team drills at the end of May. Head coach Mike Nolan recently told reporters that he was very impressed with what he has seen from Johnson and he expects him to be ready to battle rookie Vernon Davis during training camp for playing time.

Jerramy Stevens, SEA
Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Huddle Up: Seahawks’ TE Jerramy Stevens, who suffered torn cartilage in his knee during team workouts in April, is still recovering from arthroscopic surgery and while the team’s medical staff is hoping that he will back to full strength in early August no timetable has been set for his return. Stevens complained of pain and swelling in his knee following a team practice back in April. An MRI was inconclusive so team physicians decided to take a look at his knee through an arthroscopic procedure. During the procedure they found a cartilage tear that they immediately repaired. His recovery has gone well since the surgery but he was held out of OTA’s in May and wasn’t scheduled to practice with the team in June. Head coach Mike Holmgren isn’t concerned about Steven’s recovery and while he remains a question mark for the start of training camp it looks like he is on pace to be ready when the regular season begins.

Kellen Winslow Jr., CLE
Surgery To Repair Torn ACL

Huddle Up: Browns’ TE Kellen Winslow Jr., who was in a bad motorcycle accident prior to the start of the 2005 season, has already completely recovered from a fractured femur and lacerations to his kidney and liver. However he is still working his way back from ACL surgery. Winslow had a couple of setbacks in his recovery. He first had to deal with a staph infection in his surgically repaired knee. Then he began to experience additional discomfort in his knee during rehab and team physicians discovered that scar tissue from his ACL repair was causing the problem. So they performed a second surgery in January to remove the scar tissue. But since the second surgery things have gone extremely well. Winslow is already back running routes and making cuts at full speed and according to teammates he looks completely recovered. Winslow is still waiting to be cleared for contact but it could happen as early as during the first week of training camp.

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