Walker (ankle) said his rehab is on schedule and his goal is to be able to run and catch during OTAs, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports. "I already know people are going to say it's going to be a struggle to come back off an injury like this," Walker said. "They doubted me before and look how far I got." Walker is approaching his age-35 season and is aiming to return from surgery to repair a dislocated and fractured right ankle. Although it's uncertain he'll be ready for OTAs this spring, the Titans have little incentive to rush the veteran tight end back this far ahead of the regular season anyway. By no means would it be a surprise if Walker is either sidelined or limited to individual drills when workouts commence.
Walker provided some updates on his progress returning from a broken ankle, the most noteworthy being that he is still not running, Jim Wyatt of the team's official site reports. Despite the news that Walker is not yet running, he spoke optimistically about his ability to return to the field as an effective option in the Titans' passing game in 2019. Specifically, Walker reiterated that he is on schedule -- his goal remains to return to the field for OTAs -- though he also noted he is three months away from his timeline for a full recovery. It will be important to monitor Walker's progress throughout the offseason, as he could positively impact an otherwise thin tight end position around the league. On the other hand, he'll be 35 when the season begins and returning from a major injury, providing plenty of reason for skepticism.
Walker (ankle) believes he is ahead of schedule in his recovery and expects to begin running in a few weeks, Paul Kuharsky of 104.5 The Zone Nashville reports. Rehabbing from a Week 1 broken ankle accompanied by significant ligament damage, Walker began walking on a treadmill without a protective boot in early December and now hopes to start some running work by the end of January. The timing of his injury should allow for a full recovery before training camp, but it's hard to say if he'll be effective coming back from a severe injury for his age-35 season. The Titans don't have much incentive to move on from Walker, considering $2.19 million of his $4.08 million base salary for 2019 is guaranteed for injury, per overthecap.com.
Walker (ankle) said Tuesday he received clearance to walk on a treadmill approximately 10 days prior, John Glennon of The Athletic reports. With that knowledge, Walker has ditched the walking boot, crutches and scooter that he had used previously to move about in the aftermath of dislocating his right ankle in the regular-season opener. In addition to walking on a treadmill, his regimen includes exercises to strengthen his right calf and quadriceps, per Glennon, but Walker has yet to resume running. The Titans have two games remaining on the schedule with the potential to reach the postseason, but considering where Walker stands in his recovery, he's not a candidate to make an appearance anytime soon as he proposed to Jim Wyatt of the team's official site on Nov. 16. With fellow tight end Jonnu Smith (knee) hitting IR in the interim, the offense is relying on Luke Stocker, MyCole Pruitt and Anthony Firkser at the position to wrap up the campaign.
Walker (ankle) is still donning a walking boot to protect his surgically repaired right ankle, but the tight end is hopeful he'll be able to return from injured reserve at some point this season, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports. "In my mind, it's just to get healthy. But in the back of my mind, if I can get healthy earlier where I can come back and play, I'm going to do that," Walker said. Despite his positive outlook on the situation, Walker's comments appear to be little more than blind optimism at this point. According to Turron Davenport of ESPN.com, Walker was using crutches to get around the locker room Friday, suggesting a return to on-field work isn't on the horizon. More realistically, the Titans will remain focused on getting Walker healthy in time for the 2019 season in what will be a contract year for the veteran.
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