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Ryan Broyles says ACL recovery is heading in the right direction

Posted May 7, 2013

Broyles has a better perspective going through this rehab process and has a positive outlook regarding his recovery

It’s been a case of déjà vu for Detroit Lions receiver Ryan Broyles this offseason.
Ryan BroylesWR Ryan Broyles

The second-year receiver finds himself rehabbing an ACL injury (different knee) for the second-consecutive offseason while his teammates get ready for organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp.

While the process for Broyles to get back and on the field is essentially the same compared to a season ago, there is a comfort (if you can call it that) and familiarity he feels having gone through this before.

"You know how to tolerate pain," Broyles said. "You know when you should push and when you should rest. They’ve done a good job (in the training room) helping me out with that as well.

"There are milestones and you set out a timeline of where you want to be and I feel like I’m in the right direction right now."

Broyles does have a reason to adopt a positive outlook. By Week 5 of last year's regular season, he says he felt 100-percent recovered following the ACL injury he suffered his senior year at Oklahoma.

Though this surgery took place two weeks later in the calendar year than his first, Broyles also doesn't have to go through the pre-draft process this offseason.

He also doesn't have to live up to his own internal pressure to prove his immediate worth.

"I came in and I was a second-round draft pick and I was pressing to get on the field while I was injured," Broyles said.

"I wanted to prove myself. I feel like I did a good job last year when I got on the field, so this time around, I can hone my skills and not have to go out there and press.

"I’m still hungry and I still have a lot to prove, but it’s a different aspect of it."

As a rookie, Broyles scored his first touchdown on Monday Night Football in Chicago Week 7.

His breakout performance came five weeks later when he recorded six catches for 126 yards vs. the Houston Texans on Thanksgiving. He was injured the following week vs. Indianapolis.

"This is my second year in the league. I’m looking for longevity, so I have to be smart about how I look at things," Broyles said. "Last year, I didn’t know what to think. Mentally I was ready. My leg wasn’t, but I told my leg it was.

"I remember last year when my leg starting feeling 100 percent. I know what to expect this time around. I’m not really going to press it too much. I’m just going to listen to the doctors and listen to my body and take it from there."