Ryan Broyles already running after ACL surgery

Posted by ttwentyman on February 4, 2013 – 1:33 pm

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Detroit Lions receiver Ryan Broyles ramped up his rehab from ACL surgery on Monday as he began running.

Broyles Tweeted a picture of himself in the Lions’ state of the art training and rehab facility in Allen Park in one of their running pools.

Broyles, who suffered an ACL tear in his right knee against the Colts Dec. 2, is hopeful he’ll be ready to go Week 1 of the regular season in 2013, just like he was last year after going through the same type of recovery.

The Lions’ second-round pick last year has been through this process before. He was just getting back to 100 percent from a torn ACL in his left knee suffered during his senior year at Oklahoma almost a year prior when he injured the other knee.

“Very (disappointing),” Broyles said of the injury after the season. “Working my way back just to play football. I just want to be out there as much as possible. That being taken away from me was a tough situation for all the time I put into it. I’m just looking to get back out there.”

Broyles had surgery two weeks later than he did last season, but said knowing what to expect this time and when he should reach benchmarks in his recovery should help him even more this time around.

“Going through the process last time with the injury that I had I understand what I have to do this time to come back,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge. I’m always up for it. Definitely shooting for Week 1.”


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Broyles: “Nothing is going to stop me from coming back”

Posted by Tara Altman on December 20, 2012 – 3:57 pm

“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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Broyles: “I feel like a lot of players left plays out there and I was included in that”

Posted by Tara Altman on November 29, 2012 – 3:05 pm

“Getting my first start, on Thanksgiving, that really meant a lot. My parents came out. My wife’s parents came out as well and her brother, so it was a good opportunity to go out there and have them be able to watch me and have a game like that. It was a great situation to be in. Growing up watching Thanksgiving games, Detroit having played every  year, it was pretty cool to be out there doing that.

“Running out of the tunnel I couldn’t even see the ground, so I was high stepping a little bit. The smoke was going…it was pretty cool, the entrance and everything. Hopefully I get a couple more of those.

“I think I played pretty well getting my first start and then going out there and making some plays when I could. I feel like I did a good job with that. The coaches are believing in me, Matt’s believing in me. so that definitely builds my confidence; but at the same time I feel like a lot of players left plays out there and I was included in that.

“I feel like we’ve had a couple of games like the Thanksgiving game this year. It’s just one of those things where you hope that you can get a W. All the plays that we had – and we had a lot of plays – a lot of opportunities to make plays, and we did for the most part, but the times that we needed them, we didn’t capitalize on them. I felt like the defense and the offense both played well. It was a tight game the entire time and we just couldn’t come away with another couple of plays.

“For us to be able to fight and battle back in a game like that, and then the week before with Green Bay, it just shows that we have great athletes on this team and we have guys that are poised to make plays. We’ve been in a lot of close games and just let them go, so we have to come out this week and continue to strive for the best we can be.”


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Broyles: “When you play fast, things happen”

Posted by Tara Altman on November 15, 2012 – 5:47 pm

“Coming out on that first drive we had a couple good plays, and then I made a mistake – an illegal block. I definitely learned from that. I have to play clean. When I’m on the field, I have to be accountable and not hurt the team.

“I definitely knew when it happened. All week the coaches were talking about how I was playing in the slot and No. 26, A. Winfield, is a 14-year vet. He is a physical player  and whenever you’re on offense and you have a guy above you or guarding you, you know you want to take shots in the run game – get their legs to slow them down a little bit. I was a little too aggressive on that. But I’ve definitely learned from it.

“I’ve got to be poised and not to hurt the team. It’s part of the game. When you play fast, things happen. You just have to live with it and overcome.

“Offensively, we had our times where we played well, we took some deep shots down the field. We feel like whenever we play mistake-free we can put up points. We have to just play clean this week. We’re looking forward to the challenge playing the Packers. They’ve got a good offense and we have to match that.

“We have to stay on the field because we know their offense is high-powered. They’re going to keep the ball as long as they can, so we have to make plays down the field on third down, but the game’s not just won on third down. We have to put up points. Whatever our situation is, no matter if it’s first down, second down, we have to do well.

“We get three home games in a row. We’re in the middle of the season going into the home stretch, it’s good to have a home field advantage, so we have to come out on top these three games to really set us up for what’s next.”


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Broyles: “I’m running all on emotions right now”

Posted by Tara Altman on November 8, 2012 – 4:30 pm

“I just feel like our offense is clicking. We’re getting out there on the field and putting up points. At Jacksonville, it was a big running day for us, guys were up front blocking, and I feel like we really clicked overall against the defense we were playing.

“As far as my performance, I felt like it was as good as I can be right now, catching every ball that came my way. I was just ready no matter what the circumstances were.

“Over the course of the last few games, it’s really been about being ready when my number is called, more than anything. I’m getting reps with quarterbacks throughout the week – that’s been the biggest thing for me – and then just being on the field and being able to produce and catch balls when they come my way. I’m definitely feeling comfortable in the offense, knowing my role and I’m trying to step up.

“In the position I’m in, I catch a lot of routes over the middle, outside in the zone and things like that, so I definitely have to get the yards after the catch more than most guys. That’s one thing I want to pride myself in, work a little bit harder at, and get my legs under me.

“In the NFL, they definitely close in a lot faster, guys are more sure tacklers, so when you get the ball you have to edge out every yard you can get. The game is slowing down a little bit for me, so I understand where guys are after I catch the ball, hopefully I can improve from there.

“I’m running all on emotions right now. Three games I’ve really gotten to play a lot. This is my fourth game of the year, really. I’m full of energy right now, ready to compete and win.”


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Broyles: “The most important thing is to get Matt some touchdowns”

Posted by Tara Altman on November 1, 2012 – 3:27 pm

“First off, I love the interaction that I’m getting on this blog. I’ve read some of the comments you’ve all left and it just shows the Detroit pride, and I’m proud to be a part of that. Please continue to leave your comments and I’ll try to read all of them and keep you up to date with everything that’s going on here.

“Moving on to last Sunday’s game, Seattle was a great challenge for us. They’re a top 5 defense in the league and we went out there and played well and finally got our first touchdown in the first quarter, which is something we’ve been looking forward to, going out there and starting fast. I feel like we had a complete game.

“That win gave us a lot of momentum going into this next week. The most important thing is to get Matt some touchdowns, that’s what we needed to build our confidence and our offense and I feel like if we continue to do that it’s going to be hard for teams to match-up against us.

“We’re happy about where we’re headed right now. We have our eighth game coming up and the first half the season will be over. We’re going to keep grinding it out, improve every week and continue heading in the right direction.

“Last night was my first Halloween here, it was a great deal for me and my wife. We got a lot of trick or treaters, being in the neighborhood that we’re in, there are a lot of kids, some who recognized me would say ‘Go Lions!’ We had a lot of fun handing out candy, taking a couple of pictures to remember. It was a great overall first experience for us.”


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Broyles: “Nate’s really set the tone for me to come in and work hard”

Posted by Tara Altman on October 24, 2012 – 5:08 pm

“It feels good to have gotten my first career touchdown. Ever since camp I’ve been doing as much as I can, like I’ve been saying, going through practice everyday at full speed and preparing myself. It’s not cool that Nate went down, but I felt like I was prepared to come in.

“He’s an emotional leader for us, so his presence is going to be missed. But he’s still going to be with us every step of the way. To have a leader like that, a veteran guy like that on the receiver corp, he’s a guy you look forward to seeing make a big play.

“He talks the talk and he walks the walk, so he’s definitely a guy we looked toward to come in every day and set the tempo. He’s been doing that for us. With him going down, especially me a slot behind him, he’s really set the tone for me to come in and work hard.

“At 2-4, it’s not a good position to be in, but it’s a long season. It’s what the coaches have been harping on. We play a tough schedule, but we’ve got to continue to come in here every day and grind. As an offense, we definitely don’t feel like we’re out of it, and the defense has been playing really well. We have to continue to strive to be the best that we can be.

“Eight-and-5 was the worst season I went through at Oklahoma, so this is a new tempo, a new outlook on things. You have to be optimistic. This is a long season, our guys still have to come in here and prepare. We’re not even halfway through yet, so we have to continue to do what we can and prepare as hard as we can to get out there and get some wins.”


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Broyles: “They don’t see what we’re developing into”

Posted by Tara Altman on October 13, 2012 – 4:41 pm

“We’re putting the first quarter behind us. We have to go out there and do what we can offensively. We’re in the top five in the league in total offense and coach has said all along that people have been writing us off, but I feel like our offense and defense is playing well.

“People who make negative comments, they just see the final score, you know, and that means a lot, but at the same time, they don’t see every play. They don’t see what we’re developing into. Just a few mistakes on special teams have put us in the hole, but we know what we have in this offense. Coach Linehan and other coaches do a good job of putting guys in the right places and we just have to continue that. I believe we’ll have a good stretch.

“Against Philadelphia, it’s going to be a man game. It’s going to be a tough game, a competitive game, especially as an outside receiver. There will be a lot of man coverage, bump coverage, so we just have to work on our technique, as far as the receivers go, and that’s what coach has been coaching all along.

“I’m back into my regular routine. I feel real good. I’m just looking for opportunities, doing what I can, and continuing to develop.”


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Broyles: “Hearing the fans boo was definitely a culture shock”

Posted by Tara Altman on October 5, 2012 – 7:08 pm

“Looking back to last Sunday’s game – we have to make things happen in the red zone, take advantage of every opportunity we get, clean up some mental mistakes, some concentration things. We feel like we beat ourselves more than anything. Offensively we just have to continue to grind it out. It’s a long season.

“Coming out of the game, giving up that kickoff, that kind of made things flat, and it made the fans flat as well. It’s kind of tough on us, coming back from a 7-0 deficit at the very beginning of the game, so we had to dig ourselves out of a hole and obviously we couldn’t do that.

“I’m just going to continue to do what I can. When my number gets called, I have to make the best of it. I dropped a pass. That was out of character for me. Got lost in the game more than anything, so I just have to make the best of every opportunity I have.

“Hearing the fans boo was definitely a culture shock. Coming from Oklahoma, that never happens. Fans are behind you no matter what. They expect to win. The fans understand their job and that’s to cheer and get the team going. Out here, I guess the NFL’s a different story. That’s what people say. They pay for us to produce, which does make sense, but at the same time you need the fans. We go out here and make big plays for them to cheer, so I feel like it’s a collective thing. That was why I tweeted about the booing. First time deal for me, and I just felt like that wasn’t right. We’re on the same team basically.

“For our days off, we just need to rest up and get our mind right to come back for a 12-game stretch. We’re in the hole right now, 1-3, so we can make that up here coming up.”


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Broyles: “Just being out there was a big step for me”

Posted by Tara Altman on September 24, 2012 – 4:14 pm

“Man, it was a crazy. A four-quarter game is going to be competitive in the NFL and I got to witness that first hand. It was exciting getting out there on my first couple of snaps. I didn’t catch any balls, but just being out there was a big step for me.

“That touchdown catch by Titus was my first time being part of a Hail Mary. A bunch of guys were talking about that in the receivers room today,  saying how it was so crazy. I was actually right there when it happened, when Titus caught the ball. You throw up Hail Marys in video games. It was huge.

“But you know, we need to put things together offensively. I wasn’t a big part of it, but I come out here everyday and practice, so I know what to expect out of the guys on the offensive side of the ball. Putting up 41 points and losing, that’s not good at all. We can be smarter on offense and eliminate some of the errors that we had. But overall, I think we played pretty well.

“It was just an emotional roller coaster. I went home and was talking to my wife and she said ‘You can’t even pay attention to me right now.’ My body was just fatigued, and mentally, it was crazy.

“That game let us know this early in the season that we’re capable offensively of scoring points. We scored two touchdowns in the last 18 seconds of the game. It just shows what we have on the offense. We know what we can do and we don’t feel like many people can stop us if we play our game.”


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