Henry Anderson on ACL Rehabilitation: ‘My Knee Feels Awesome’
Indianapolis Colts defensive end Henry Anderson is making significant progress in his rehabilitation from a season-ending ACL tear this past season:
"“I feel good,” Anderson said via Colts.com’s Kevin Bowen.“We haven’t gotten into specific ‘return to play’ dates yet but everything is ahead of schedule so far. My knee feels awesome.”"
The standout defensive lineman suffered the knee injury in Week 9 against the Denver Broncos, but was well on his way to becoming one of the league’s top defensive rookies.
Earlier in the season, he was in the watch for the NFL’s Defensive Rookie of the Year award.
Originally a 3rd round pick of the Colts in last year’s NFL Draft out of Stanford, Anderson ended up starting the first 9 games for the team at defensive end in the wake of Arthur Jones own season-ending injury. During that span, he recorded 31 tackles and a sack.
However, those stats don’t paint the entire picture, as Anderson was a genuine force against the run. According to ProFootballFocus (subscription), Anderson was the league’s 14th best rated defensive end overall with a +12.6 overall grade. Specifically, he received a +10.2 grade against the run–again the 14th best.
Given this development, it appears that the team’s regular season opener could very well be a realistic target date for Anderson’s return. It’s encouraging news to say the least for the promising soon-to-be 2nd-year pro.