Right tackle Marc Colombo practiced on Wednesday for the first time since undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery in mid-August to clean up some loose particles in the joint, and emerged encouraged by the results.
“I just wanted to try and get back out there and get moving and hit some people,” Colombo said, per ESPN Dallas. “We’ve been doing a lot of good rehab and working my leg and getting myself back to where I need to be, and I just needed to go out there and thud up with some people. That was an area of concern yesterday and I felt pretty good.”
Offensive line coach Hudson Houck said yesterday that he wouldn’t be surprised if Colombo emerged on the other side of the surgery better than he was before; we won’t go that far, but it is looking increasingly likely that Colombo will be available for Sunday’s home opener against Chicago. As anyone who watched the Washington game could tell you, that’s a good thing.
Colombo hopes that by not rushing back to the field, as he did last season, to some degree, he will play at a higher level than when we last saw him, in the team’s season-ending loss in Minnesota.
“Late in your career, you want to make sure you’re 100 percent,” Colombo said. “Last year it was a playoff race. I did everything I could. I felt like I was ready. It was on me. I should have played better. I didn’t come out and play the way I should have.
“This year I tried everything to get back for last week and it didn’t work out. I’m hoping I can really help my team now.”
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