Clemson pass rush specialist Ricky Sapp told the media today that he played the entire 2009 season on a right knee that was "at 60% strength."
Sapp tore his ACL against Virginia November 22, 2008 and had surgery to repair the ligament damage on December 11. He made it back on the field to start all 14 games this season, posting a career high 60 tackles and 15 tackles for loss.
Sapp was invited to participate in the Senior Bowl, but turned down the opportunity in an effort to strengthen his knee.
Not surprisingly, Sapp has been thoroughly checked over by team doctors since arriving in Indianapolis. He estimated the number of times he's had his knee checked so far this week at "20-30."
Said Sapp, "I'll be honest with you, I was laying down and I was like 'He just pulled my knee several times, and you are going to do it again too?'"
Sapp says his knee is now 100% and that he will be working out this week.