Devin Hester Injury: Updates on Falcons WR's Recovery from Toe Surgery

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ATLANTA, GA - JANUARY 03:  Devin Hester #17 of the Atlanta Falcons returns a kick off during the first half against the New Orleans Saints at the Georgia Dome on January 3, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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Atlanta Falcons return specialist Devin Hester has three to six months of recovery time ahead of him following surgery on his right big toe Friday, per Vaughn McClure of

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Hester Positive After Surgery

Monday, Jan. 18

McClure explained the severity of Hester's injury:

Hester broke one of the two sesamoid bones, which act as a pulley for tendons. Such a bone helps the big toe move normally and provides leverage when the toe pushes off for walking and running.

Hester will wear a cast for the next three months before shedding it in favor of a walking boot. After a month in the boot, he’ll begin the actual rehab.

The 33-year-old was happy with how the procedure went, per McClure: "The surgery, they said, went pretty good. [Dr. Robert Anderson] put the sesamoid bone back in place, stitched around it, and put a little small pin in it. The ligaments should be able to heal back up.’’

Hester holds the record for most career return touchdowns with 20—all but one of which were punt and kickoff returns. As a receiver, he's hauled in 3,311 yards and 16 touchdowns during his eight-year career with the Falcons and Chicago Bears.