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

Drew Bennett, WR, TEN
Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Huddle Up: According to reports Titans’ WR Drew Bennett, who is recovering from off-season arthroscopic knee surgery, is almost at full strength and team officials expect him to be ready for the start of training camp. Bennett complained of pain and swelling in his knee throughout the entire 2005 season and he did his best to play through the discomfort. But it clearly affected his performance and the team’s medical staff decided to surgically repair the problem. Now the exact nature of his injury and the details behind the surgical procedure has not been made public, but he hasn’t made a quick recovery, which indicates that his knee problem may have been serious. But the good news is that he is scheduled to take part in the team’s June OTA’s and head coach Jeff Fisher believes that Bennett will be good to go when the team begins its training camp.

Mark Bradley, CHI
Surgery To Repair Torn ACL

Huddle Up: Bears’ second-year receiver Mark Bradley continues to make progress in his recovery from last year’s ACL surgery and according to reports the team is hoping that he will be able to practice with the team when training camp begins. Bradley played in seven games as a rookie last season before tearing the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in his knee. He was held out of all of the team’s off-season workouts in May and he isn’t scheduled to practice with the team in June, but he has been working with the training staff and he’s reportedly running straight ahead at close to full speed. He may be limited to non-contact drills when training camp begins, however the team’s medical staff believes that Bradley’s recovery is right on schedule and that there is a good chance that he will be ready to play when the regular season begins. But this doesn’t mean that he will be back to where he was prior to the injury. It takes anywhere from 12 – 18 months for an athlete to make a full physical and mental recovery from ACL surgery so don‘t expect Bradley to be much of a factor until at least the second half of the season.

Tyrone Calico, TEN
Strained Hamstring / Calf

Huddle Up: Titans’ WR Tyrone Calico was placed on Injured Reserve prior to the team’s Week 17 game last season because of lingering problems in his hamstring and calf muscles but according to team officials he’s completely healthy and ready for the start of the 2006 season. Calico, who has also dealt with cartilage problems in both knees since turning pro, has shown no signs of problems in his legs this off-season so unless something unforeseen happens he should be at full strength when training camp begins.

Braylon Edwards, CLE
Surgery To Repair Torn ACL

Huddle Up: Not only does it look like Browns’ WR Braylon Edwards will miss the start of the regular season but according to reports there is a good chance that he could begin the 2006 season on the team’s Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. Edwards tore the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in his right knee during last year’s Week 13 game against the Jaguars but there was so much swelling inside his knee joint that team physicians couldn’t operate until January. Sports Medicine has grown by leaps and bounds over the last decade but even if Edwards returns as quickly as humanly and medically as possible he won’t be cleared for contact until late August so he will still be a month behind in his conditioning. But at this point the smart money is on Braylon returning in October or November. And since it takes 12 – 18 months post-surgery before an athlete with this kind of injury is back to 100% don’t be surprised if after he returns he has a disappointing season.

Marvin Harrison, IND
Wrist And Elbow Surgery

Huddle Up: It’s been a busy off-season for Colts’ WR Marvin Harrison. Not only did he have surgery to repair a broken bone in his wrist but he also had arthroscopic elbow surgery to repair a problem that the team has not made public. Harrison broke a bone in his wrist at the end of last year’s regular season but with the aid of a protective brace he was able to play through the injury. An MRI done on his wrist after the team’s playoff loss to the Steelers indicated that the broken bone needed to be surgically reinforced and stabilized. According to reports the surgery was a success and he was completely healed by April. Unfortunately the team’s medical staff told reporters that during one of their May mini camp workouts Harrison complained of problems with his elbow. Head coach Tony Dungy actually said that Harrison’s elbow problem was an injury that actually occurred last season and that the surgery was a planned procedure. The timing of this is definitely odd so it certainly raises questions about the validity of Dungy’s statement. However despite missing the team’s June OTA’s while he recovered, Harrison should still be back on the field in time for the start of training camp and completely healthy when the regular season begins.

Darrell Jackson, SEA
Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Huddle Up: The Seahawks’ medical staff remains concerned about WR Darrell Jackson who continues to make slow progress in his recovery from off-season arthroscopic knee surgery. Jackson had arthroscopic knee surgery back in March but he has still not been cleared to practice with the team and according to reports there are no guarantees that he will be ready when training camp begins. On a positive note Jackson has been running and working out on his own under the supervision of the athletic training staff. Unfortunately the team’s medical staff hasn’t been happy with his progress and they recently told reporters that even if he is cleared to practice at the beginning of August he would likely be limited to just one practice a day. This is something you need to keep an eye on. The Seahawks aren’t saying what the problem is, but Jackson is definitely having problems with his recovery. Team officials believe that he will be ready at some point prior to Week 1 of the regular season but even if he is cleared to play don’t be surprised if he gets off to a very slow start.

Keyshawn Johnson, CAR
Arthroscopic Knee Surgery

Huddle Up: Panthers’ veteran WR Keyshawn Johnson, who has a history of knee problems, had off-season arthroscopic surgery on his right knee to remove a small piece of torn cartilage and clean out the joint but according to reports he’s already back to full strength. Keyshawn actually began running back in March and he appeared to be at full speed during the Panthers’ May OTA’s. At his age (33) and with his injury history there is no way to guarantee that Keyshawn will not have a reoccurrence of his knee problems this upcoming season. However at least he enters training camp healthy, which means he should be the favorite to win the starting job opposite Steve Smith.

Brandon Jones, TEN
Surgery To Repair Torn ACL

Huddle Up: Rehab is reportedly going well for Titans’ WR Brandon Jones, but according to the team’s medical staff the young receiver probably won’t be cleared to play until sometime after the start of training camp. Jones tore the Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) in his knee last season and has since undergone corrective surgery and he’s still in the middle of an extensive rehabilitation program. Athletes don’t make a full physical and mental recovery from ACL surgery until at least 12 months after the procedure so even if he makes it back in time for the start of the regular season he probably won’t be much of a factor until the 2007 season.

Muhsin Muhammad, CHI
Fractured Hand

Huddle Up: Bears’ WR Muhsin Muhammad, who fractured his right hand during last season’s playoff loss to the Panthers, is completely healthy and ready for the start of training camp. Muhammad broke his hand while trying to catch a desperation pass late in the game and according to reports he also suffered a previously unreported hairline fracture in the same hand that happened earlier in the regular season against the Bengals. After being in a cast for over a month Muhammad’s hand was X-rayed and team physicians determined that both fractures were healed. He’s since taken part in several of the team’s off-season workouts and according to reports he looks ready to play.

Todd Pinkston, PHI
Surgery To Repair Ruptured Achilles’ Tendon

Huddle Up: Eagles’ WR Todd Pinkston, who continues to recover from a ruptured Achilles’ Tendon, was held out of team workouts and practices for nearly the entire off-season but according to reports there is a chance that he will be cleared to participate in training camp. Pinkston ruptured his right Achilles’ Tendon during training camp last year and according to the team’s medical staff the surgery was a success and his recovery has gone fairly well. At the time of this report Pinkston was scheduled to begin some light work with the team during their June OTA’s but head coach Andy Reid told reporters that the Eagles were considering keeping him out of team practices until after the start of training camp. Pinkston has already begun to run and cut on his own and while the team physicians aren’t exactly sure when he will be ready to go they believe that he will definitely get clearance to return prior to the start of the regular season.

Javon Walker, DEN
Surgery To Repair Torn ACL

Huddle Up: Broncos’ WR Javon Walker, who missed a good portion of the 2005 season with a torn ACL, is very close to being cleared for all football drills and according to reports the team’s medical staff believes that he will be ready for the start of the regular season. Walker actually suffered a setback in is recovery in April when scar tissue and loose bodies within his knee joint that were causing swelling and discomfort had to be surgically removed. However the surgery was done prior to his trade from Green Bay to Denver. Before the trade was made official the Broncos’ medical staff examined his knee and obviously they were satisfied with what they saw or they wouldn’t have given him that big contract. But getting paid is one thing, actual on-the-field progress is another and Walker demonstrated that he was making steady progress in late May by running straight routes in front of the media. He was scheduled to begin light change of direction drills and jogging all routes in June and if all continues to go well he could be given full-clearance at some point during training camp. As with all athletes coming back from an ACL injury, it is going to take Walker a little while longer to get back to where he was prior to the injury so don’t  be surprised if he gets off to a slow start.

Troy Williamson, MIN
Hip Infection

Huddle Up: Vikings’ WR Troy Williamson is still recovering from a hip abscess that was removed during the off-season and according to head coach Brad Childress he might not be ready to play in time for training camp. Williamson had an infection surgically removed from his left hip in the area of a skin graft that he received after being burned in an accident when he was 10. The team’s medical staff called the procedure minor and they believe that Williamson will make a full recovery in time for the start of the season, but he’s been held out of mini camp workouts and OTA’s since the operation. And it now looks like veteran Travis Taylor will have a head start in his push to win a starting job.

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