Jon Beason, LB, CAR - Wrist Surgery
Panthers' LB Jon Beason has made a full recovery from off-season wrist surgery and the team expects him to be 100% when the regular season begins. Beason underwent what the team called minor arthroscopic wrist surgery in late April. The exact nature of the procedure is not known, but he spent less than a month in rehab and he was cleared to practice with the team by late May. According to reports he looked good during OTAs in June and the team expects him to be a full participant in training camp. His wrist does not appear to be an issue so don't let it affect your decision to draft him.
Dwight Freeney, DL, IND - Lisfranc Surgery
Colts' DL Dwight Freeney, who had Lisfranc surgery last year, has been placed on the active PUP list for the start of training camp. However team officials are confident that he will be able to play during the preseason and expect him to be ready for Week 1. Freeney suffered what the team's medical staff classified as a Lisfranc fracture of his left foot back in November and he had surgery to repair the damage and stabilize the bone a week later. He did not participate in May minicamps and he was limited to medically supervised individual drills during June workouts, but according to reports the team considered his rehab right on schedule. Team physicians recently informed Freeney that X-rays showed that the injury had completely healed, however that he would still need additional time to work himself into playing shape. The Colts don't want to rush him back so they will keep him on the active PUP list and out of practice for another 2 or 3 weeks. Freeney said that he expects to play in the team's fourth or fifth preseason game.
Patrick Kerney, DL, SEA - Shoulder Surgery
Seahawks' DL Patrick Kerney, who spent the off-season rehabbing from shoulder surgery and resting his troublesome knee, has been an active participant during the early phases of training camp and it appears that he will be ready for the start of the regular season. Kerney had surgery right after the 2007 season ended to clean up some minor damage to his shoulder and he spent a large portion of the off-season resting and recovering. He was held out of minicamps in May and OTAs in June, but he told reporters that he was held out as a precaution and he could have practiced and played if he had to. He practiced with the first-team defense on Sunday and his shoulder appears to be fine. Expect him to have another productive season.
Leonard Little, DL, STL - Toe Surgery
According to reports Rams' DL Leonard Little has progressed extremely well in his recovery from left big toe surgery and it looks like he will be an active participant during training camp. Little, who suffered from acute turf toe early in the season last year, tried playing through the injury. However he wasn't very effective and the torn ligament in his toe just became too painful. He eventually had surgery on his injured toe in November and he was placed on the team's Injured Reserve. Little's recovery has reportedly gone very well. While he was limited to individual drills during minicamps in May he was cleared to participate in all drills during June OTAs and he impressed the coaching staff with his agility and explosiveness. Little expects to be in the starting lineup in Week 1 and teammates believe that if can stay healthy he will have a good season.
Troy Polamalu, DB, PIT - Arthroscopic Knee Surgery / Strained Hamstring
Steelers' LB Troy Polamalu, who had off-season arthroscopic knee surgery, was an active participant at the start of training camp however he pulled his hamstring during practice and he has now been placed on the team's active PUP list while he recovers. Polamalu partially tore his posterior cruciate ligament and damaged the cartilage in his knee last season and while the PCL did not need to be surgically repaired the team's medical staff felt that the cartilage needed to be cleaned up. So he underwent an arthroscopic procedure during the off-season and he missed a large portion of the team's off-season conditioning program as a result. Polamalu did not practice with the team in May or June but he did take part in some individual drills last month. He was finally cleared to practice with his teammates as the Steelers opened training camp, however he suffered a strained hamstring and he was ultimately placed on the team's active PUP list. The injury is not believed to be serious and they expect him to be fine in a couple of weeks.
Dunta Robinson, DB, HOU - Surgery to Repair Torn ACL
As expected Texans' DB Dunta Robinson has been placed on the team's active PUP list and according to reports there is a good chance that he will remain on the PUP list when the regular season. Robinson, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his knee and ruptured his hamstring in a November game last year, is still recovering from reconstructive surgery to repair the damage. He did not participate in the team's off-season conditioning program and according to reports he still experiences soreness in his knee following light workouts with the medical staff and his leg is still not back to full strength. Robinson recently admitted to reporters that he doesn't expect to be ready until sometime in October and said that he would likely start the regular season on the PUP list, which means he will not be allowed to play until after Week 6. Texans' owner Bob McNair has also said that he expects Robinson to be out until midseason, but that he believes he will be back on the field this year. Robinson has been one of the team's biggest playmakers on defense the last couple of years, but there is no reason to draft him knowing that he will probably be out until at least Week 7.
Bob Sanders, DB, IND - Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
Colts' DB Bob Sanders has opened up training camp on the team's active PUP list as he continues to recover from arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder. Team officials aren't sure when he will be ready to practice but they seem confident that he will be healthy enough to play in Week 1. Sanders reportedly dealt with shoulder problems throughout the entire 2007 season and he aggravated the problem during the Colts' season-ending loss to the Chargers. He underwent an arthroscopic procedure that he said was to clean out debris from the shoulder joint and he mentioned that other issues were addressed as well. He did not specify what those issues were, but clearly they were serious as he did very little during the off-season. Sanders has said that his recovery has gone well but he isn't sure when he will be cleared to practice with the team. This is something to keep an eye on. Head coach Tony Dungy appears optimistic that his best defensive player will be back sometime soon. Hopefully he is right.
Jonathan Vilma, LB, NO - Major Knee Surgery
Saints' LB Jonathan Vilma, who is recovering from what has been called major knee surgery, is expected to be a full participant in training camp and team officials believe that he will be completely healed and at full strength for the start of training camp. The exact nature of Vilma's injury and the type of surgery performed are still unknown but there is speculation that he had severe cartilage damage that occurred during a game in late October and he underwent Microfracture surgery nearly three weeks later to repair it. Vilma has neither confirmed nor denied this but Jets' officials have referred to the procedure as major knee surgery. Vilma was traded to the Saints in the off-season and their medical staff examined his knee and they were reportedly satisfied with his progress. He was limited to individual drills during May minicamps but he did not wear a brace on his knee and he apparently ran hard and looked good. He did a little more during June OTAs and his knee reportedly held up well to the increased workload. Vilma practiced with the first-team defense when the Saints opened up training camp this past weekend and he seemed to be running and moving without a problem. It appears that his knee has responded well to treatment and rehab and if it holds up through contact he will be in the starting lineup for the Saints in Week 1.
Adrian Wilson, DB, ARI - Surgery to Repair Achilles' Tendon
Cardinals' DB Adrian Wilson, who suffered a partially torn Achilles' tendon during a game last November, has nearly made a complete recovery and the team expects him to be ready for the start of the regular season. Achilles' Tendon pain and inflammation had reportedly bothered Wilson for several years and the medical staff felt that his prior history of problems contributed to the injury. He needed surgery to repair the latest damage but he was back on the field and running in March, and although he was absent from May minicamps and June OTAs he was reportedly progressing well in his rehab and recovery. Cardinals' GM Rod Graves told reporters that Wilson was "100 percent" just prior to the start of training camp and it looks like he will be ready for Week 1 of the regular season.