Well, first of all I just want to thank all the fans out there that have been showing me support since my injury. I appreciate it. I need it all. I love it all, and I’m going to do what I can to get back out there and get in the show.
I have surgery around 5:00 p.m. on Friday where they’ll repair some ligament damage and put a plate in my elbow. I’m going to be staying overnight, and I’ll probably be back at the rookie hotel on Sunday morning. I’ll probably be away from training camp for three or four days when I’ll get the swelling down, then they’ll put me in a little brace where I’ll be able to work my movement in my elbow. Then I’ll just be rehabbing with Greek and the trainers.
It’s so frustrating because I just missed half of my senior season in college. Then I come back and I’m doing well in camp, about to play in my first game since October, and I injure my elbow and get sidetracked for three months. It’s frustrating but at the same time I’ve got to stay focused, stay smart in my mind and don’t get mentally broke down. I just have to stay positive about the whole situation and make it work.
I guess I’ll take you through the play. It was an 18 Bounce, and the guy fell in front of me, and I kind of jumped around him and as I was jumping I got bumped. I was going to the ground and I put my left arm down to catch myself and I hyperextended my elbow and I broke a bone and I went down instantly, obviously. So, that’s how that happened.
As I was laying there, I had a picture in my head. You ever seen that MTV show Scarred? It’s basically all these people that just get these crazy injuries and they show the videos. That was kind of how I felt. I saw my arm kind of dislocate or hyperextend and bend the way it’s not supposed to, and that was in my mind and I started getting light-headed. The trainers carried me over to the back of the endzone and I kind of fainted a little bit, but I came to in like 5 seconds, if that. Then I got my vision back and I was focused, and I knew something bad had happened almost immediately. I was just hoping it wasn’t as serious as it is, where I broke a bone, missing three months of the season.
It’s going to be tough sitting on the sidelines, but I’m going to do everything I can to get back on that field ASAP. I’ve just got to figure out a way to get through this as fast as possible. The doctors and trainers said it would be three months, tops. I definitely have plans of getting back out there this season, so I’m going to do what I can to get healthy and get back on that field.
Thanks again for all the support, but don’t worry about me, I’ll get through it. I use football as my medicine, just staying around the guys, staying around the coaches, the atmosphere. I’ll still do everything I’ve been doing except for just playing and practicing. I’ll be fine, just like last year, just stay having a good time with the fellas and in a matter of time I’ll be back.
And I will be back.