Quote Originally Posted by goodandfast View Post
Dude...I think you're going to have to take your lumps with this one. See the post immediately above yours, and then the references to Beckham and the hockey player.

Who knows, you may be right that Suggs doesn't come back before the play-offs...but to reject the notion as a medical impossibility seems to be erroneous.

Keep in mind that doctors are covering their asses when they give recovery time estimates for athletes. I wouldn't want to encourage a player to come back faster than is widely accepted...even if he feels like he is healthy enough to play. The last thing I'd want to do is say, "yeah, if you fel like you're good to go, then go," only to have the player re-injure himself and turn around and say, but you told me it was OK to go back.

That doesn't mean that all people are subject to the same timetable for recovery. If he's already running and jumping and stretching, then the doctor likely approved the accelerated timetable. Personally, I think we'll see him Nov. 4 @ Cleveland as a situational pass rusher. He'll be fully starting by the first Pitt game. Those are my opinions and I acknowledge that they are based on nothing other than my gut feeling which means about as much as all the other conjecture in this thread.
For you and everyone else too lazy to read the entire thread...

Of the 31 players who sustained an Achilles tendon rupture, 21 (64%) returned to play in the NFL at an average of 11 months after injury. In the three seasons following their return, those 21 players saw significant decreases in games played and power ratings compared to the three seasons preceding the injury.

The percentage of players returning to play at the NFL level is consistent with a meta-analysis performed by Bhandari4 in 2002. The authors reported return to function rates of 63% for patients treated nonoperatively and 71% for those treated operatively. If we assume that all the NFL players were treated operatively, as would be the standard for young athletes, the return to play rate of 64% is slightly lower than the 71% reported in the meta-analysis. This difference could be attributed to the excessive demands placed on the operatively repaired Achilles tendon in NFL players combined with a body size, strength, and explosiveness that would further increase these demands.

The length of time to allow full activity after Achilles tendon repair is generally thought to be four to six months.4-6 The 11 months needed to return to play as a professional football player seems considerably longer. However, there is a major difference between allowing full activity and returning to play in the NFL. Even when the typical patient is allowed to participate in full activity, it does not mean that he or she is adequately rehabilitated to perform at maximal efforts. Studies to determine maximal improvement after surgical treatment are lacking in the orthopedic literature.

6.5 months would be a minor miracle, especially with a pass rusher who has to push off on that leg to create pressure. How many soccer or hockey players need to drive through a 350lb tackle?