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Old 03-30-2007, 02:10 AM    (permalink
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Jackson injury not so bad
By Albert Breer/Daily News staff
Thursday, March 29, 2007 - Updated: 11:07 PM EDT



There are few dirtier phrases in football than "Torn ACL."
But in the case of Patriots receiver Chad Jackson, that term may not be all that it seems. According to multiple sources close to the 2006 second-round pick, the degree of the tear in Jackson's knee was very slight compared to most cases.

The injury happened on a kickoff in the AFC Championship Game against the Colts and did not involve contact. In the days following the injury, word is that Jackson thought he had torn his ACL, but the swelling was so minimal that most around the receiver doubted it.

An MRI detected the tear. Reconstructive surgery cannot be performed until after the swelling goes down, which in this case allowed Jackson to have the surgery quickly.

Sources say that Jackson will be running by the time the Patriots hold their veteran minicamp in June and should be cleared for contact by the open of training camp in mid-July. But the thought is that, with the two-week trip involving the China Bowl looming over camp, Jackson will return to the field after the team's first two preseason games, both against the Seahawks.

These, of course, are all projections.

Dr. Paul Weitzel, an orthopedic surgeon for the Boston Sports and Shoulder Center, which works with the Celtics, said that the lack of swelling occurs in less than 10 percent of ACL tears. Basically, it signals a lack of bleeding into the knee, which allows a player to regain full range of motion quicker. And since full range of motion must be achieved before a knee reconstruction is performed, that accelerates the recovery timetable.

But, Weitzel added, the rehabilitation process remains at 6-12 months, meaning that the lack of swelling only works to cut the time between the injury and the surgery. After surgery, the rehab process is the same, whether the patient had swelling or didn't before the surgery.

"We replace, not repair, the ligament," said Weitzel. "The big difference comes in whether the ACL is competent or not after the injury. If it's not, it needs to be replaced."

Weitzel confirmed the sources' assertion that Jackson should be running by June and could be cleared by July, but added that the receiver would be "relearning his knee" at the beginning. With replaced proprioceptive fibers in his leg, Jackson would have to regain coordination there, and the speed at which one does that (projected at 12-18 months after surgery) is usually the difference between an athlete who recovers quickly and one who doesn't.

A hamstring injury cost Jackson almost all of last year's training camp, and a groin ailment suffered in practice in late November sidelined him for the first two games of December. The ACL injury is the latest hit, though Weitzel emphasized a string of injuries to start a pro career is not that uncommon and shouldn't derail Jackson's rehab in the least.

"Going from a college season to a professional season, there's a jump in hours of activity and demands," Weitzel said. "Some take longer to adapt, and that adaptation is manifested sometimes in injuries. Once they get the conditioning down, they're usually just fine."
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Old 03-30-2007, 02:12 AM    (permalink
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Alot of people were saying he was going to be put on IR and would be out for 2007. It looks like he may actually be ready to play before the season starts.

Stallworth, Jackson, Welker, Washington, Caldwell, Gaffney, Brown. Thats pretty solid if Jackson is ready to go.
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Old 03-30-2007, 02:18 AM    (permalink
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I never really thought they'd IR him, but I could see them not clearing him in time and putting him on PUP to begin the year. That said, a long time to go, so we'll see how it plays out.
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Old 03-30-2007, 10:59 AM    (permalink
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They've been quietly saying all along that it wasn't that bad. This isn't much of a surprise, but it certainly is a relief. Hopefully the dummy can learn the playbook this off season so we can do more with him than have Brady draw a line in the dirt and tell him to follow it...
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ACL reconstruction has come a long way in recent years. Surgeons are able to do these surgeries with less invasiveness and more effectiveness. I expect Jackson to be hampered for much of the year, but he should start to really regain his agility and speed by Week 8 or so. I wouldn't count on a breakout campaign until next year.
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Which is exactly what Dante Stallworth, Kelley Washington and Wes Welker are for. We don't need anything from him next year, just for him to learn the playbook and get healthy.

Edit: Just agreeing with you, didn't want to sound like a jerk or confrontational...
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IR was initially mentioned as a possibility, but I was the first to note that Jackson will likely enter training camp and the season on the PUP list, the Patriots giving him ample time to heal.
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Which is exactly what Dante Stallworth, Kelley Washington and Wes Welker are for. We don't need anything from him next year, just for him to learn the playbook and get healthy.

Edit: Just agreeing with you, didn't want to sound like a jerk or confrontational...
I'm not mad or upset. You made your point. Hope I don't have a reputation for coming down on people like that...
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No, I just read my response after posting and wanted to make sure I didn't come across that way... that's all...
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Weitzel did then go on to say that he believes that the Patriots will list Chad Jackson as "doubtful" for each of the 17 weeks of the regular season and any playoff games regardless of his physicaly health.




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Come on, give Belichick more credit than that. Sheesh.

He'll be listed as questionable.
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