The journey has a long way to go, but Carson Palmer took the first step toward coming back in 2015 by undergoing surgery Tuesday morning to repair his ACL. Palmer figures to be around the team a lot post-surgery. I wouldn’t think he’d make the trip to Seattle this weekend and Atlanta might be a little quick too, but at some point it makes sense that Palmer — like Darnell Dockett — would accompany the team to games home and away.
UPDATE: The surgery, performed by team doctors Gary Waslewski and Doug Freedberg, went “extremely well” in a statement released by the team.
It was interesting to note last week that while Palmer was waiting to have surgery, he not only was around the team facility every day, but during practice, he was in the weight room, still working out the body parts he could with strength and conditioning coach Buddy Morris. After surgery, he’ll progress the best he can. Dockett has been walking around normally for weeks now after August surgery. Palmer, who understood he faces a long road back, sounded mentally prepared — especially since he dealt with a more grueling rehab back in 2006 when he tore multiple knee ligaments. This time, everyone believes it was just the ACL (although there is always a chance they will find something extra during surgery) so rehab should be a little easier. A little.
“I know one thing and that’s to work hard and grind and get after it, and this won’t be as intense because my knee was locked out for the first six weeks after that surgery,” Palmer said last week. “This surgery, right after surgery you’re supposed to get range of motion back right away and work for that. I’m mentally prepared, I’m mentally strong and I’m going to grind this thing out. I know the mindset you need to take, and that’s the one day at a time thing.
“It’s baby steps and it’s doing calf raises and small, little incremental movements and all these little tedious things that you don’t feel like are doing anything, but you have to do them and you have to do what they tell you to do. You take it one day at a time and I know that and I’m going to grind it out and I’m going to be back, like I said, hopefully by OTAs.”
Even if Palmer comes back at the end of OTAs, that’s early June — or less than seven months. That’s awful quick. But it’s something to shoot for.
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