“Obviously, it was a very disappointing to end my season, once again, with an ACL tear versus Indianapolis. The opportunities that I got this year, I made the best of them and I was continuing to build a comfort level with Matt and the offensive coordinator, and just getting back to my normal form, like I used to play at OU.
“To end the season this way, it’s no way to start your rookie campaign, to go out with a knee injury; but I’m in high spirits. I know what to expect and I’m definitely going to get back there on the field. I’ve already shown that I can make it back from one, and nothing is going to stop me from coming back from another one.
“They say it’s always easier to come back after the second ACL and I could already tell that in the first 12 days after surgery. I know what to expect, I know what level I have to push, what soreness to expect, and I definitely know the rehab protocol. I wake up everyday looking forward to making myself better, to fight through this and get back on the field next year.
“I’ve talked to a couple of guys that have gone through the same situation. I just have to continue to push forward and stay positive through this whole thing. I’m about 14 days into rehab now and everyday my leg is getting stronger and more sturdy.
“This offseason I was looking forward to relaxing. Last year I had to go to the combine and prepare for that, didn’t really have much of an offseason with my knee and now I’m in the same situation this year. I’m just going to continue to push forward, come back stronger and healthier than I did this year. I know what’s ahead of me, so I’m looking forward to being a better player next year.
“I definitely enjoyed the season, I enjoyed being a Lion. It was great playing next to Calvin Johnson, the best receiver in the NFL, and I definitely took a lot from him. He’s a positive guy, he’s been on my side this whole season, keeping my head right, trying to help me develop, stay humble and continue to push forward and perfect my craft.
“I appreciate all the support I’ve gotten up to this point and I look forward to making you guys happy in the future.”
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