Ryan Broyles Injury: Updates on Lions WR's Achilles and Recovery
Updates from Wednesday, Dec. 11
“Some people might say, ‘Why aren’t your spirits down?’ ” he said. “My body’s going to heal. I’m 25 years old, so I’m very optimistic about the whole deal. I’ve just got to take it a day at a time, and when my time comes I’ll be back on the field.”
Broyles said the recovery from the Achilles has been less painful than the ACLs, but it’s been slow. After undergoing surgery in Charlotte, N.C., with Dr. Robert Anderson, he couldn’t put weight on his left foot for four weeks, so his wife, Mary Beth, cared for him as he crawled around the house.
He’s been in a walking boot for the past four weeks and can only do range of motion exercises. In two weeks, he’ll be back in a shoe, though with a heel lift inside, and in six weeks, he can start running in a pool.
Katzenstein followed with a statement from Broyles discussing his potential return to the field:
Broyles said he’ll take as much time as necessary to return to 100 percent healthy to avoid another injury, even if it takes up to a year.
“I won’t go out there a little bit too early like I have after these last ones,” he said. “You get to the point in your life where you’re just, as an athlete or somebody, you want to go out there and produce.”
Detroit Lions wide receiver Ryan Broyles ruptured his Achilles during his team's Week 8 thrilling 31-30 victory over the Dallas Cowboys at Ford Field, according to head coach Jim Schwartz.
Team insider Tim Twentyman broke the news after the game:
Schwartz said the initial diagnosis on Broyles is a ruptured Achilles— Tim Twentyman (@ttwentyman) October 27, 2013
Ryan Broyles' otherwise promising football career has been hampered by injuries. Even after tearing his ACL as a senior star at Oklahoma, Detroit still felt confident enough in Broyles' abilities to invest a 2012 second-round draft pick in him.
It was impressive that Broyles returned to the gridiron as soon as he did, making his 2013 debut against the Washington Redskins in Week 3.
Broyles made just one catch for eight yards on two targets before exiting the Cowboys game, bringing his total to just seven catches for 77 yards.
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