Hunter Henry already running four months after surgery
The Chargers received crushing news this offseason, when tight end Hunter Henry tore his ACL in June. The team reported he would miss all of the 2018–but recently changed their course.
Now, we know why…
Less than four months after tearing his ACL, Henry is running with a knee brace.
“He looked real good,” coach Anthony Lynn said, via Jack Wang of the Los Angeles Daily News. “He did some start-and-stop stuff, a little bit of change of direction. It’s just so soon. It was amazing how he looked [Friday]. . . . He’s been doing some stuff on the side all along, but today, he kind of took it to another level.”
This doesn’t necessarily mean Henry will suit up this season. But it is an encouraging sign nonetheless.
“The odds are much more that he’ll play next year and not this year, we know that,” General Manager Tom Telesco recently said. “But we figured let’s keep the window open if we can. I think it’s great for him. He has that little carrot at the end that maybe, maybe he could play. But we’ll be very, very smart with it. Everything would have to perfectly line up. We would never jeopardize Hunter’s long-term prospect with doing something now.”
ACL recoveries are unique to each player, but the only way I see Henry playing this season would be if the Chargers are either fighting for a playoff spot or secured a playoff spot and want their star tight end to help in the postseason.
For fantasy owners, Henry’s status is something to monitor–he likely wouldn’t return in time to make a huge impact on your fantasy season–but knowing he’s in the back of your mind is smart.