Last July, Detroit Lions wide receiver Ryan Broyles entered his first training camp in the NFL on the non-football injury list. This was because he was still recovering from an ACL injury that he suffered at Oklahoma. He only actually spent five days on the NFI list, but it was a sign that the Lions were going to take things slowly with Broyles' recovery.
This year, Broyles is coming off of an ACL injury he suffered last December as a member of the Lions. Given the general timetable to come back from an injury like this, you might think that he will be on the physically unable to perform list at the start of training camp this year. However, Broyles told the Free Press last week that he isn't expecting to be on the PUP list when camp begins.
Considering Broyles was a full participant in the Lions' minicamp last week, this news doesn't necessarily come as a big surprise. Broyles' recovery seems to be going quite well, and unless he suffers a setback in the next month or so, it would be a bit of a surprise if he is on the PUP list when camp opens. Unless the Lions have a reason to think that he could miss time because of his ACL injury, Broyles should be able to practice from Day 1 of camp.
Last season, Broyles actually didn't even play in a game until Week 3, and he didn't record a catch until Week 7. His ACL recovery slowed down his development in a big way.
While an exact timetable for when Broyles will be 100 percent healthy this year remains unclear, it sure seems like Broyles is on track to be ready for Week 1 of the 2013 season. You never know for sure with ACL injuries, but there have been nothing but positive signs with Broyles' recovery so far this offseason.