Backus is on schedule recovering from bicep surgery

Posted by ttwentyman on May 4, 2012 – 11:47 am

Lions left tackle Jeff Backus says he’s right on schedule in his recovery from offseason bicep surgery he had four months ago.

Backus injured his right bicep in the second half of the team’s playoff loss to the Saints and had surgery shortly afterward in January.

“It’s just building back the strength and getting back into the football stuff,” Backus told

He’s been rehabbing at the Lions’ training facility the entire offseason and has been participating in the offseason training program the last three weeks.

Backus, who was drafted by the Lions in the first round of the 2001 draft and has started 177 consecutive games at left tackle, signed a two-year contract with the team this offseason.

Backus says his workouts have been adjusted a bit because of injures and his age (34), but says physically he’s feeling great.

“I’m not in there doing some of the things the younger guys are doing, but I think at this point in anyone’s career 12 years in, they’re workout is a little bit different.”

When the Lions start organized team activities later this month, Backus will be on the field but said he doesn’t know how much he’ll participate, knowing that being 100-percent for training camp is the real goal.

“The goal is to just get stronger, get my peck stronger and my bicep stronger and once I get into OTAs be smart about things and see how it goes,” he said.

“Coming off surgery, it’s about working myself in. I feel great right now. There hasn’t been any setbacks or limitations, it’s just about getting stronger.”

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