Chris Godwin suffered an anterior and medial cruciate ligament injury in his right knee in Week 15 last season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin spoke for the first time since returning to practice and said he’ll find out if he plays in Week 1 on Sunday when they face the Dallas Cowboys.
Chris Godwin suffered an anterior and medial cruciate ligament injury in his right knee in Week 15 last season against the New Orleans Saints.RELATED
“I don’t have a definitive answer,” said Chris Godwin. “I’m just thankful that he can train.”
Chris Godwin suffered the injury on December 19 and had surgery on January 3. He returned to practice on August 5, with only one-on-one training. He began to participate in some works 7 against 7 on August 16 and 11 against 11 on the 22nd.
“I think it’s a really complicated process,” said Chris Godwin. “When you come out of a major injury like this, you never really know how you’re going to feel. But I’ve been doing really well. Everyone sees me practicing. I’ve been doing a lot of things and every day is very different from the day before. So, I think Ultimately, it comes down to, one, how I feel, and then two, the talks I’ve had with [el entrenador] Todd Bowles and the training staff. I think by the time the game comes around, I think everyone will know, but until then even I’m not sure.”
Chris Godwin suffered an anterior and medial cruciate ligament injury in his right knee in Week 15 last season AP
While not yet cleared for contact, Chris Godwin removed his knee brace this week, calling it “phenomenal.” He appeared as a full participant in Wednesday’s practice, but did not practice Thursday.
“I think it’s just about being as smart as possible,” Godwin stressed. “Because obviously the competitor in me wants to go as soon as I can. I have to be as smart as I can, trying to back up the best decision, not only for myself, but also for what I feel is going to help the team down the stretch.”
“I think anyone who’s ever worn a knee brace understands how bulky those things are, how annoying they can be. But I think it really puts where I am in my process and the progress I’ve made.”
When asked about the addition of new wide receivers Julio Jones and Russell Gage to the Buccaneers, Godwin noted, “We’re loaded with receivers who can go all levels of the field. We’ve got talented guys in the running back room and in the tight end room. We’re not lacking in any way. So I think that really helps my process, it allows me to feel comfortable waiting until I feel really comfortable going out there and playing.”
Neither Godwin nor the Bucs have committed to a specific plan for the player’s recovery; it’s just when you’re ready, and Godwin and the medical staff will make that determination. Todd Bowles said Wednesday that he would rather Godwin wait and return later in the season if it meant Godwin would come back at full strength and stay healthy.
“[Los juegos] They tell the same thing, but we want it well. I don’t want him in there before it’s time,” Bowles said. “If he’s healthy and ready to go and they clear him, and everyone feels he’s ready to go and he’s completely 100%, then we’ll take the opportunity. Anything less than that, I’d rather you wait.”