A lot of people have a lot of emotions while waiting to find out what’s going on with Terrell Thomas’ knee. One of them is obviously Travis Beckum, who is recovering from his own ACL surgery on the PUP list and admitted that he was shaken up by the news that both Thomas and former teammate Jonathan Goff have re-injured (and in Goff’s case, we know, torn) their ACLs less than a year after having them repaired.
“But you can’t try to progress on your knee and think about that at the same time,” Beckum said. “You’ve kind of got to blank that out and just work on your (injury).”
Blank it out, sure. But it’s still there. Looming.
“True,” Beckum said. “But like I said, I think the training staff is doing a good job with me, making sure that everything I’m doing, I’m OK with. My knee isn’t swelling up so I think we’re doing a pretty good job.”
There was a time during the offseason when Beckum said that he thought a return for the start of the season was a possibility. Now, though, he hasn’t even begin to work on lateral movements with the start of the season a little more than a month away.
“If I were to say I wanted to be back by Week 1, that’s putting pressure on myself,” Beckum said. “And I think that’s what happens with these guys, they want to get back too soon, put the pressure on themselves, then come back and re-tear it. I’m going to try to be smart about it. Obviously I want to be there Week 1. But I’ve got to listen to my knee at the same time … I can play Week 1 then injure my knee Week 2, as opposed to just waiting it out and having a more successful year. And career as well.”
So is Beckum considering just forfeiting this season – a contract season, remember – and focusing on coming back healthy for 2013 either here or with another team willing to take a shot on him?
“You never know,” Beckum said. “I’m just taking it day by day. Whatever they want to progress me to I’m going to do it and just listen to my knee at the same time.”