RICHMOND—Junior Galette achieved another milestone in his recovery from a pectoral muscle tear on Saturday: the Redskins linebacker participated in team drills for the first time since signing last month.
Galette also said he plans to make his preseason debut against the Ravens on Aug. 29th.
“I feel great, man,” Galette said. “I put the pads on, really tested my shoulder out. We’ll see how it feels tomorrow, if there’s any soreness.”
Galette signed a one-year contract with the Redskins on July 29 after being released by the Saints following a trouble-filled few months in New Orleans. The 27-year-old suffered a pectoral tear while working out earlier this offseason but opted not to have surgery—a decision he’s glad he weighed carefully.
“I could have had surgery and been out for five months, and I didn’t,” Galette said. “I believed in myself and the doctors. One of the opinions I had said I should get the surgery. The other two told me no. My gut instinct was no.”
Galette will continue to ramp up his activity in practice leading up to the preseason game in Baltimore. Until then, he’ll just have to envision the damage he and Ryan Kerrigan can inflict on opposing offenses. Galette has 22 sacks the past two seasons; Kerrigan has exactly as many in that span.
“He’s elite,” Galette said with a big smile and laugh, referring to Kerrigan. “I’ve never had that. We’re going to see.”
Coach Jay Gruden, meantime, said he was pleased with what he saw from Galette on Saturday.
“He’s an exciting player. He brings a different type of burst and energy to that defense,” Gruden said. “You can just see in one-on-one drills and the little bit he got out there [in team drills]. It’s a different tempo with him coming off the ball.”