Jacksonville Jaguars Corner Rashean Mathis Ahead Of Schedule On Injury Recovery

By Joey Farbo

The miracle of modern medicine has helped NFL players recover from serious injuries much quicker than they used to.

One example is the quick recovery of Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Rashean Mathis from an ACL tear in his left knee that he suffered back on Nov. 13 in a game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Mathis has already resumed running and cutting on the injured knee and hopes to be cleared to return to full practice when he visits with Dr. James Andrews on June 4. If his visit with Andrews goes well, Mathis hopes to participate in the Jaguars minicamp from June 12-14 only eight months after the initial injury.

“It’s responding great, I haven’t had any setbacks,” Mathis said of his knee injury. “I’ve never had an ACL injury before, but the guys around me who have had it say that I am way ahead of schedule. They’re surprised what I am doing at this time.”

Mathis was having one of the best seasons of his nine-year career in 2011 before going down with the knee injury. However, his return does not necessarily mean he will walk back into a starting role on the vastly improved Jaguars defense.

The Jaguars signed cornerback Aaron Ross, who has won two Super Bowls with the New York Giants, in free agency this offseason to compete with Mathis for the starting role opposite Derek Cox.

Ross has a step up in the competition with Mathis as he is not coming off of a serious knee injury, but the battle for the second cornerback position should be one of the Jaguars most intriguing training camp story lines.

Even if Mathis loses the battle, he will still play a major role on the Jaguars defense this fall. The Jaguars will move the loser of the camp battle inside to fill the vacant nickle corner role that was vacated by the release of Drew Coleman earlier this month.

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