Woodhead played in just two games this season before suffering a torn ACL. Although that severely restricted his output going into unrestricted free agency, the early timing of the injury has Woodhead expected to be fully healthy for offseason workouts. Whether those take place with the Chargers or not remains to be seen, but after workhorse second-year tailback Melvin Gordon (knee/hip) ended this season banged up himself, having Woodhead around would ideally enable Los Angeles to keep both backs relatively fresh in 2017.
Woodhead is "six weeks ahead of schedule" in his recovery from an ACL tear in his right knee, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.
As he approaches the four-month mark in his rehab, Woodhead has already progressed to cutting, which bodes well for his personal goal of full health by the start of the offseason program. Where he'll be situated in a few months remains to be seen, though, due to his upcoming unrestricted free agency. If the Chargers keep him around as a complement to workhorse RB Melvin Gordon, Woodhead will help lead the charge in their relocation to Los Angeles.
Woodhead (knee) expects to be fully healthy for the start of offseason programs in April, ESPN's Eric Williams reports. "I feel really good, and we'll see as things get closer what happens. But as far as my injury, I'm not concerned with my injury at all."
While Woodhead appears to be progressing along well from his torn ACL which he suffered in Week 2, the 33-year-old isn't a lock to return to the Chargers, as the diminutive running back will hit unrestricted free agency this offseason. The emergence of Melvin Gordon likely doesn't help Woodhead's chances at returning, but given the veteran's chemistry with Philip Rivers, it would be a surprise to see him not return for his fifth season with the Chargers.
Woodhead (knee) has progressed to performing squats and running , Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated reports.
Just two and a half months removed from tearing the ACL in his right knee, Woodhead has yet to see the light at the end of the tunnel in his rehab. Rather, Monday's development is a stepping stone toward potentially participating in the offseason program. A more realistic timetable is likely a return for training camp, but ultimately his recovery will be monitored with a watchful eye.
There was hope that Woodhead had suffered a mere MCL sprain, which would have allowed him to return at some point this season. However, further testing revealed the precise diagnosis and its season-ending nature. Losing their second premier receiver in as many weeks, Philip Rivers will likely trust even more in Antonio Gates, Travis Benjamin, and Tyrell Williams in the passing attack.
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