Charles, Mendenhall Redefining What it Means to Return From an ACL Injury
By: The Football Girl | Posted: October 07, 2012
Remember when a torn ACL meant one of two things - the end of a career or acceleration to the end of a career?
That notion has become archaic, and the first halves of Jamaal Charles and Rashard Mendenhall are proof.
At halftime, Charles already has 125 yards on 20 carries. He’s running over everyone and his body is having no issues handling such a robust workload.
Mendenhall, making his 2012 debut today, is displaying amazing shiftiness. (Lost cutting ability is one of the chief concerns for any back coming off an ACL.) In addition, Mendy is going a great job mixing speed and taking advantage of his line’s blocking. In a lot of ways he looks better than his pre-ACL injury self.
Mendenhall’s line – 4 carries for 20 yards - is more modest than that of Charles, but his return has still been dazzling.
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