The timeline of rehab

Posted by Darren Urban on February 21, 2012 – 2:47 pm

This time of year, strolling through the locker room means mostly a snapshot of guys rehabbing from injury, and — as I had a chance to talk last week to nose tackle Dan Williams about his broken arm — I thought about what that means today compared to when I first started covering the team more than a decade ago. Obviously, a broken arm will heal long before training camp, and it shouldn’t impact Williams in 2012. Same with the arthoscopic knee work done on running back Beanie Wells, who was downstairs today.

The return from more serious injuries, however, seems to have changed, at least a little. That crossed my mind recently when I was mentioning how the Cardinals let Kyle Vanden Bosch leave via free agency. Back in April of 2005, Vanden Bosch’s exit to sign a one-year contract with Tennessee merited just a sentence after Vanden Bosch had suffered two ACL tears in his first three seasons and then had just 15 tackles in 16 games in 2004 as a backup. Vanden Bosch later became a Pro Bowler as a Titan — starring in 2005, in fact — as his knee finally returned to health, but at the time, no one could have guessed that. Contrast that to linebacker O’Brien Schofield, who ripped up his knee in mid-January of 2010 before he was drafted and yet was back on the field by October flashing some of the skills that had impressed so many before his injury.

The Cardinals hope, for instance, running back Ryan Williams (torn patella tendon) and cornerback Greg Toler (ACL tear) both can make significant contributions this season. They are both at the facility most days, rabidly rehabbing. Both are highly optimistic at the way things are going for them. There’s no guarantee they can make an impact — no way to know until they get on the field — but certainly, the possibility is greater than it once was. Medical advances can be a wonderful thing.

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  1. By SteveG on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Bosch has always been one of those “If only” players. Man was a walking MASH unit while here and it looked bleak, but it sure has been a good career based on the things we like as fans, some talent matched to a desire that simply cannot be measured.

    “Motor always running”, is the understatement of a lifetime with that dude.

  2. By John the draft guy on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    I went to the GCU basketball game last night and Lagarrett Blount was there watching the game. He is an exclusive rights FA.

    Read anything into this( LG being in Phx) other than a guy enjoying some basketball since FA hasn’t started?

  3. By Darren Urban on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    John the draft guy —

    RE: Blount

    I wouldn’t. A ton of guys come to Az to work out in the offseason, and I don’t see that guy as attractive to this team anyway (reviews of his work ethic this past season weren’t good, from what I read).

  4. By D on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Can you pass this along to Mr. Graves, be a nice addition as a OLB….(if Raiders release him)

    per espn
    Specifically, strongside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley will have his entire $11 million contract guaranteed on March 17. Even if they release him, they’ll still be on the hook for $6.5 million against the cap, so cutting him may or may not be the best option for the Raiders. As they stand now, the Raiders are about $11 million over the cap.

  5. By Darren Urban on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    D —

    RE: Wimbley

    I have a feeling he’d be on the radar if he were released. They were looking at him the last time he was a FA.

  6. By NJAzCardsFan on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Darren- Do the Cards have any interest in Green Bay’s Flynn?

  7. By Darren Urban on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    NJAz —

    RE: Flynn

    Haven’t asked, but I would be willing to bet my house it’d be no. Makes zero sense.

  8. By bobf on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Maybe all NFLers should have pre-emptive knee surgery.

  9. By Bumdaclot on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Andre Wadsworth issues was still fresh in ppl’s minds too with KVB

  10. By Peter in Canada on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    The article about Dan Williams was very interesting. It would appear that he has finally learned that an undisciplined life style will prevent him from achieving his potential and is taking remedial action. There is no doubt that a fit Williams would be a huge upgrade at NT. Hopefully Deuce will also see the light.

  11. By Kofari on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Darren Do Cards Has Any Interest In Reciever Dwayne Bowe And Corner Brandon Carr

  12. By Darren Urban on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    Kofari —

    RE: Bowe/Carr

    I would think both would be high-end FAs at positions of lesser need. While I wouldn’t rule out chasing those positions, they already have a No. 1 WR and I think Carr is going to break the bank.

  13. By Nor cal cards fan on Feb 21, 2012 | Reply

    Do the Bidwills own Tom’s Tavern?

  14. By Darren Urban on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    Nor Cal —

    RE: Tom’s Tavern

    Yes they do.

  15. By John the draft guy on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    reading between the lines, someone has mentioned Wimbley in that building, haven’t they? 🙂

    It would be interesting how they would bring him here under the cap. They would most likely have to get very creative.

  16. By nestingzombie on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    Hi everyone,

    So off season list of priorities for cardinals…

    1.) Resign Campbell and cut Bradley
    2.) Make efforts to bring in a free agent under 30 who can produce (past cardinals free agents; Kurt Warner, Emmitt Smith, Alan Faneca, and the list of aging free agents can keep going sadly…) Stop taking pre-retiring players we have enough snowbirds here as is… I would look at Mario Williams if Texans do not resign and on offense maybe a Jermichael Finley who had drops as his motto in Green Bay so might not be back but would be an athletic presence over the middle we have never had with Fitz
    3.) Draft O-Linemen!! for gods sakes you spent 65 million or whatever it was on Kolb *one of our few younger free agent signings* now protect the guy be smart about investing
    4.) Get healthy because this could be a huge year for AZ

  17. By Chris Hughes on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    Darren if you have time please tell me your thoughts on this:

    Sign Carl Nicks (FA-G), Draft Rieff if he’s still there if not drop back and aim for the next top OT (hopefully you will pick up another 3rd or late second for dropping back.) Then Draft an OLB with our next pick (3rd rounder) and draft the best player that’s either a Pass rusher, OL, or a CB and we will be looking pretty good no matter who is our QB Kolb or Manning with Skelton backing them up!!!

  18. By Darren Urban on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    Chris Hughes —

    RE: Plan

    Seems reasonable. But I don’t see it happening. Nicks is going to break the bank, and IMO not worth it for a guard. Besides, who is your other tackle, besides the one drafted?

  19. By D on Feb 22, 2012 | Reply

    I think he would not be a top name to look at in free agency, but he probably wouldn’t cost too much, (in case other options don’t pan out) Bradie James appears will be released in Dallas

  20. By cardsalltheway on Feb 24, 2012 | Reply

    “Medical advances can be a wonderful thing.”
    For example?

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