It has been said many times that a return from an ACL injury is as much about confidence in a surgically repaired knee as it is about playing without pain and without limitations. That’s why ACL absences can vary from the short recovery time for Wes Welker and Adrian Peterson to the uncertainty of Derrick Rose. So where does the Buccaneers’ 16 million dollar ACL tear victim fall on that spectrum?
Somewhere in the middle, but it seems like it’s closer to Welker and Peterson. Darrelle Revis, who was brought in while still rehabbing from an ACL tear suffered early in the 2012 season, has shown many signs of positive recovery all summer long. This morning, we got even better news that may signal a full return for Revis quicker than many expected:
Rotoworld cites ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio as speaking with Buccaneers’ General Manager Mark Dominik and learning that there is a chance that Revis could play in the team’s third preseason game, which is the crucial preseason game during which the starting players see the field for the longest time. This would be fantastic news, because the Buccaneers are clearly taking things slow with Darrelle this offseason and not pressuring him to speed his recovery or take steps he’s not ready to take. In fact, at times it has seemed like the Buccaneers have been hesitant with Revis, not allowing him to go ahead of his rehab schedule, so now there are signs that both Revis and the Buccaneers are confident in the status of his knee.
Revis took to the field for team practice drills on Monday, and that’s a big first step. If he continues to show progress while working out individually in New England this week, I would expect to see him working in full team scrimmages the following week in preparation for 10 or 12 snaps in the Bucs third preseason game.