Originally Posted by CloakNNNdagger
His surgery occurred the end of the first week of June. IDEALLY he could be released to practice (non-contact) ~ beginning to mid August.........that's if he were able to maintain a semblance of conditioning to that point. It is obvious to all reporting, that at already at ~7 weeks post op he is nowhere close to appearing in shape. Conditioning for a big man is not an overnight, or one or two week endeavor. Even if he is released to "practice" one to two weeks prior to the beginning of the season, again I ask how much can he make up for essentially no previous experience in an unforgiving synchronous ZBS offensive line? Can you really afford to lose a roster spot just hoping that you might get "some" contribution...............from a rookie, as opposed to a vet who knows how to best handle such a situation. Even for a vet, it would be a challenge.........for a rookie who has little "clue" from the very beginning, this would more likely to be an insurmountable task.
And if you are referring to Cushing's patellar tendon surgery recovery in comparison to Newton's???...............Cushing underwent the surgery in Jan 2011...........he didn't return to play until the end of August As I've said before, this is a tough surgery rehab for anyone..........but much more so for a "big man" such as Newton. I stay very skeptical that Newton returns anytime soon, and once he does return I will still be concerned how quickly he is truly contributory and to what extend he regains level of performance.