Kendall Fuller was limited to working off to the side during Redskins’ rookie minicamp this weekend. But that might not be the case for much longer.
The third round draft pick told CSN that his surgically repaired knee feels about “90-95 percent.” Meantime, Coach Jay Gruden said it’s possible Fuller could get some practice reps when OTAs begin on May 24.
“He feels good,” Gruden said after Saturday’s rookie session at Redskins Park. “We just want to be a little safer with him and not rush him back. We want to make sure he’s good to go. We’ll slowly start to incorporate him into some of the drills once we start our OTAs.”
Fuller suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee during preseason training at Virginia Tech last year. He attempted to play through the injury but opted for surgery after three games. As it turned out, his knee also required a microfracture procedure.
Although “microfracture” can be one of the scariest words in pro sports, Fuller said he’s not concerned about making a full recovery.
“Just because of how far technology has just came,” he said. “Back in the day if you get micro people think your career is over. But just the subtleties about my surgery, it wasn’t that extreme. Not getting into details…we know I’m going to get back to 100-percent.”
On Saturday, though, Fuller was limited to working on the drill field with the team’s medical staff. He did some shuttle drills, backpedals and some running with a trainer holding him back with a resistance band.
“Whenever they give me the go [ahead], I’ll go out there,” he said. “It’s tough; you always want to play football, get out on the field. But these are the cards that I was dealt. I’m just going to focus on what I can control.”
Fuller added that he’s in the final stages of his recovery.
“Just little things [like] getting that full strength back,” he said. “Movement wise, I’m feeling pretty good. Just in terms of getting back into football shape [after] being out for so long.”
Whether Fuller receives the green light to go all-out in OTAs or later this summer, this much he is sure about: He’ll definitely be in the lineup Week 1 against the Steelers—and probably will be playing at full speed a lot sooner than that.
“I’ll be good—definitely—by training camp,” Fuller said.