Sanchez still not running after surgery?
As long as he's ready for training camp, we should all be happy, but it would be nice if he were already running and could participate in mini-camps this summer. Kind of hoped he'd be throwing to Braylon to build some chemistry.
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Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez still not running six weeks after left knee surgery
By Manish Mehta/The Star-Ledger
April 01, 2010, 4:16PM
Here’s the puzzling part of Mark Sanchez’s “minor” surgery six weeks ago: He’s still not running.
Even though the Jets’ franchise quarterback declared he’ll be ready for the start of training camp in late July, he didn’t know when he’d be able to resume football-related activities, leaving open the very real possibility that he’ll miss a significant portion of the Organized Team Activities and mini-camp this summer.
“The doctors are pleased with the progress,” Sanchez said during the team’s first offseason media session Thursday. “All they said is that they’re happy and pleased and things are going just fine. So I’ll definitely be back for training camp.”
Sanchez underwent left knee surgery on Feb. 17 to strengthen his patella stabilizing ligament in what he deemed as a surgical “layup.” He originally dislocated his left knee before his junior year at USC and injured it again against the Carolina Panthers in Week 12 last season. The procedure, designed to eliminate future tweaks of the knee cap, kept him off his feet for a few days.
His inability to drive a car for the first two weeks after the surgery prompted Jets trainers to hold rehab sessions in the quarterback's living room. For now, Sanchez said he’s working on his leg strength and range of motion. The second-year pro admitted he has “no clue yet” when he’ll be able to resume football-related activities.
“They’ve used the term ‘cautiously aggressive.’” Sanchez said. “They want to make sure that I’m getting sore—the right kind of sore-- without hurting it. The sore that you bounce back from. It’s getting stronger. It’s feeling good. I’m just happy I can walk around already.”
In the meantime, Sanchez has spent plenty of time reviewing game tape from last season.
“It was a great opportunity to really log some hours that I was going to do later on in the summer,” he said. “It kind of put me ahead of the game mentally. It gave me a good perspective on what I can accomplish in the offseason those early few weeks.”
Sanchez will likely need a brace when he first returns to the field.
“I’m not worried … it’s fine,” he said. “I think maybe at the beginning I should wear something. But they said it should be stronger than it ever was. So it’ll be something I won’t have to worry about happening again hopefully.”