Tom Brady, NE – ACL and MCL Surgery
Patriots’ QB Tom Brady, who has been recovering from major knee surgery, took the field with teammates for the start of training camp on Thursday and he took part in passing drills without a problem. There were concerns in the off-season that his earlier setbacks would set him so far behind in his recovery that he would end up on the active PUP list to start training camp. But the good news is that he was a full participant on the first day. Brady did wear a brace on his surgically repaired left knee and according to reports not only will he have to wear it all season he may end up wearing it for the remainder of his career. We will continue to track his progress in training camp but he’s off to a good start.
Carson Palmer, CIN – Torn Ulna Collateral Ligament
Bengals’ QB reported to training camp on Thursday and he told members of the media that his elbow was “now 100 percent healthy” and team officials expect him to take part in all drills and practices. Palmer spent most of the 2008 season on the sideline nursing what the team called a torn ulna collateral ligament in his elbow. There were reports that the ligament had completely torn away from the bone and injuries of this kind typically require surgery to fix. However Palmer said that his elbow healed on its own and after spending most of July throwing the football he appears ready for training camp. Palmer did say that his elbow was still not as strong as he would like it to be a few weeks ago, but he is now saying that he is back to full strength.
Reggie Bush, NO – Microfracture Surgery
Saints’ RB Reggie Bush is reportedly entering training camp completely healthy. Bush, who has had multiple surgeries on his knees to repair damaged cartilage, had microfracture surgery on one of his knees in hopes that it would promote cartilage regeneration and help to prolong his NFL career. According to reports the surgery and his subsequent recovery have been successful and team officials expect him to participate in training camp. Bush says that his knee is back to full strength, but don’t be surprised if the Saints limit his involvement in certain drills or keep him out of certain practices early on as a precaution. If Bush shows the coaching staff that he is healthy, he will probably split carries evenly with Pierre Thomas.
Willis McGahee, BAL – Arthroscopic Knee and Ankle Surgery
The Ravens’ medical staff felt that RB Willis McGahee wasn’t quite ready for the start of training camp so he was placed on the Active PUP list. But he looked good practicing by himself under the supervision of trainers on Wednesday and after passing a physical he was removed from the PUP list. McGahee, who had surgery on both his knee and ankle, has said that he continues to suffer from bouts of soreness in his knee. The team is reportedly concerned that his knee could swell if he does too much in practice so expect him to be limited throughout training camp and pre-season as he prepares for the 2009 season. McGahee will likely split time with Ray Rice, who is the favorite to open the season as the starter, and Le'Ron Mclain making him a middle round draft pick at best.
Jonathan Stewart, CAR – Achilles Tendonitis
Panthers’ RB Jonathan Stewart, who missed a large portion of the team’s off-season conditioning program and minicamp workouts because of Achilles Tendonitis in his left leg, told reporters earlier this week that his Achilles was feeling much better and that he will be ready for the start of training camp next week. Stewart apparently developed inflammation in his Achilles tendon as he overcompensated for his surgically repaired toe. Both his toe and his Achilles are reportedly fine and he should be at full speed on August 2nd.
Brian Westbrook, PHI – Ankle Surgery
As expected Eagles’ RB Brian Westbrook opened the team’s training camp on the active PUP list. Westbrook had surgery to remove scar tissue and bone fragments from his ankle in early June and there was some initial concern that he would be out until after the start of the regular season. But the good news is that he is ahead of schedule in his recovery. He was recently seen running and jumping without a problem. Head coach Andy Reid told reporters that while things have gone well for Westbrook, he will definitely miss the next two weeks of training camp as he continues to rehab his ankle. Reid is hoping that he will be cleared to practice with the team by the middle of August but he said that he wasn’t exactly sure when his starting RB will be ready. He still has some work to do, but it looks like he will be back earlier than many of us had anticipated.
Cadillac Williams, TB – Surgery to Repair Torn Patellar Tendon
Bucs’ RB Cadillac Williams, who is recovering from patellar tendon surgery, is scheduled to take a physical today (Friday) to see if he is ready for the start of training camp. Williams is reportedly progressing well and there appears to be a chance that he could be ready for the start of the regular season. However don’t be surprised if he fails the physical today and opens things up on the active PUP list. Remember the Bucs still have Earnest Graham and Derrick Ward ahead of him on the depth chart so even if he makes it back to full strength he is going to have to battle hard to get carries.
Greg Camarillo, MIA – ACL Surgery
Dolphins’ WR Greg Camarillo has made a near full recovery from ACL surgery and he should be ready for the start of training camp this weekend. Camarillo tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee last season, but he was back on the field and took part in several of the team’s off-season workouts and minicamps. His knee has held up well and team officials expect him to be a full participant during training camp and the pre-season. Camarillo is currently the number 2 WR behind Ted Ginn Jr. and baring a setback he should begin the regular season in the starting lineup.
Marques Colston, NO – Microfracture Surgery
Saints’ WR Marques Colston, who had microfracture surgery on his knee in January, appears to be ready for training camp. Colston was limited throughout the off-season as he worked himself back from surgery. But according to reports his knee is completely pain-free and back to full strength. The coaching staff is very pleased with his recovery and Colston has said that with his knee a non-issue he expects to have a big year.
Kevin Curtis, PHI – Sports Hernia Surgery
Eagles’ WR Kevin Curtis, who had been recovering from sports hernia surgery, recently told reporters that he is almost completely healthy and that he expects to be ready for the start of the regular season. Curtis has been an active participant so far in training camp but he admitted that he hasn’t pushed himself yet. He apparently still feels it and while it isn’t preventing him from running at full speed there is always the risk of re injury. He’ll continue to practice cautiously until it becomes a non-issue. With that being said the team’s medical staff is confident that he will be able to play during the pre-season.
Braylon Edwards, CLE – Sprained Ankle
In a bit of a surprise Browns’ WR Braylon Edwards failed a team physical and has been placed on the team’s active PUP list. According to reports Edwards recently sprained his ankle playing a game of pickup basketball and he is currently unable to run at full speed and cut or jump without pain. The injury isn’t considered serious, but it could keep him out of practice until sometime next week. He should be OK but we will keep an eye on his recovery in case it becomes a lingering problem.
Brandon Marshall, DEN – Hip Surgery
Broncos’ WR Brandon Marshall, who had off-season hip surgery, continues to complain of soreness in the joint and as such he remains out of practice. Head coach Josh McDaniels spoke with reporters earlier this week that he wasn’t sure when Marshall would be ready to practice with the team and he has confirmed that his star receiver was still having problems with his surgically repaired hip. The medical staff is hoping that they can get Marshall on the practice field soon, but there is no timetable set for his return.
Lance Moore, NO – Shoulder Surgery
Saints’ WR Lance Moore has made tremendous strides in his recovery from off-season shoulder surgery. But his shoulder is still not quite 100% and team officials expect him to take it easy for the first 2-3 weeks of training camp. Head coach Sean Payton made a mistake on Thursday when he announced that Lance Moore would begin training camp on the PUP list. As it turns out Moore is not on the PUP list, but the medical staff still wants him to practice on a limited basis until the middle of August. This is all precautionary at this point. Moore should be ready for the start of the regular season.
Hines Ward, PIT – Shoulder Surgery
Steelers’ veteran WR Hines Ward did not take part in the team’s off-season workouts and minicamps because of shoulder surgery. But according to reports Ward is ready for training camp and he should be a full participant when camp begins. Ward recently spoke with reporters and he said that he is ready for another season in the NFL. He went on to say that he does not expect his shoulder to be a problem. Santonio Holmes might finally take over as the team’s top receiver, but Ward has been so good for so long that it would be a mistake for any of us to think that he won’t have another productive season.