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Jared DeVries Visits Specialist About Knee; Surgery Possible?

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Jared DeVries started training camp on the PUP list with a knee injury, but he made his training camp debut shortly after. At the time it appeared that his knee injury was nothing serious, but he went on to miss a huge chunk of practice time before returning to the field on Monday.

Unfortunately, it looks like he could again miss a big chunk of time, as he hasn't practiced since Monday and spent Tuesday in Atlanta visiting a specialist to get a second opinion on his knee. While it initially didn't appear that surgery would be a necessary move to fix his injury, it's possible if the results of the exam he took in Atlanta don't come back with good news.

"It really depends on what the opinion is, whether it’s a surgery, whether it’s not a surgery, how long if it would be a surgery, all those things," Schwartz said today when asked whether DeVries could land on IR. "That’s one of the reasons he’s out of town right now is to try to get some of those questions answered."

DeVries spent last season on IR after rupturing his Achilles during training camp, so it would obviously be disappointing if he had to miss a second consecutive season. That said, if DeVries' knee won't let him practice and play on a consistent basis, something will have to be done to fix it. Right now DeVries' spot on the roster is already in question (to me anyways) just because he hasn't been able to practice and the younger guys have gotten so many extra reps, so if he isn't going to be able to go full speed ahead soon, surgery may be the best option.