As May moves into June and training camps across the National Football League prepare to get underway here is a look at how some star players are progressing in their rehabilitation from various injuries, including updates on a star running back and a recently injured wideout for the defending Super Bowl champions.
Jamaal Charles Feeling Fast
The 2011 season was over nearly before it started for Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, who tore his ACL in the second game of last season. The 25-year-old was a spectator at the team's recent organized team activities according to an Associated Press report published by The Sporting News, but Charles recently tweeted that he is feeling more and more like his old self.
I don't know if its good or bad but I feel like I'm still the fastest on my team after my ACL surgery... "TRUE"- 2 Chainz
— Jamaal Charles (@jcharles25) May 27, 2012
The fifth-year pro, who gained over 1,900 total yards in 2010, has proclaimed that he will be ready for training camp, and Charles recently told the Kansas City Star via ESPN that he cannot wait to get back on the field in 2012.
"If you're worrying about me not being the same, just look out for me this year," Charles told the Star. "I'm hungry. I want it this year. I've got the passion for it. I just can't wait to play football. I can't wait to bring stuff back to this community and show them how much we can win. I feel like this is a year for us that we can go all the way. I'm saying that because I feel it in me that I can bring a lot to the team this year, being bigger, stronger and maybe even faster."
Hakeem Nicks Pledges to be Ready for Training Camp
The prognosis for New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who broke his foot while working out with the team on May 24th, appears to be improving as well. It was originally believed that the fourth-year veteran might be sidelined for up to 12 weeks, but after undergoing surgery last week to insert a screw into the broken bone Nicks told head coach Tom Coughlin that he intends to be on the field when training camp begins on July 26th according to The New York Post.
“He was resting comfortably Sunday night and of course he’s very optimistic. ‘I’ll be back for training camp’ were his final words,’’ Coughlin said yesterday at the Giants Foundation golf outing at Westchester Country Club, which raises money for youth-related charities in the tri-state area. “I said OK, I would accept it if it was maybe a day or two after the start of camp, that’d be fine.’’
Apparently the team must share Nicks' optimism, at least to an extent. The Giants have no plans to add a veteran wideout at this time, with Coughlin telling The Post that the team would instead “Look for the next Victor Cruz, how’s that one?’’
Adrian Peterson "50/50" for Camp, Percy Harvin on the Mend
Finally we will close with updates on the status of two vital cogs in the Minnesota Vikings offense with updates on the status of running back Adrian Peterson and wide receiver Percy Harvin, who are recovering from a torn ACL and shoulder surgery, respectively.
Peterson, who failed to top 1,000 rushing yards for the first time in his career after injuring his knee last December, has been rehabbing intensely in an attempt to get ready for the 2012 campaign, The 27-year-old recently told ESPN's Josina Anderson via NFL.com that while he is shooting to return to action in the season opener, it is a toss-up as to whether he will be ready for training camp.
To be honest with you I feel like 50-50. I feel like honestly, sitting here telling you the truth, I'll be able to participate doing certain things. I think I'll be able to participate.
The 24-year-old Harvin, who hauled in a career high 87 catches for 967 yards and six touchdowns in 2011, had surgery in April to remove bone spurs from his shoulder. The 2009 NFL offensive rookie of the year is expected to be fine for the start of training camp according to the The St. Paul Pioneer-Press, but the procedure did prevent Harvin from participating in drills at the Vikings' recent OTAs.