Ryan Broyles stepped back, put pressure on his left foot and got ready to explode on his first punt return of the season. When he pushed off looking for that explosion against Dallas, the Achilles tendon he had been leaning on ruptured instead.
He crumpled to the ground. His 2013 season, he knew, was over. It's the third time in three seasons (including college) Broyles has had a season end prematurely due to injury.
Soon after the injury, he flew to Charlotte to have his Achilles repaired by Dr. Robert Anderson, one of the most renowned ankle and foot surgeons in the country.
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That was six weeks ago. Now in a boot on his left foot -- the boot comes off in two weeks -- the Detroit Lions wide receiver remains optimistic and confident about his present and his future.
“I’ve been through two [season-ending knee injuries] and some people might say, ‘Why aren’t your spirits down?' .... My body’s got to heal,” Broyles said before an appearance at a "Madden 25" video game tournament at a Best Buy in Novi, Mich. on Tuesday night. “I’m 25 years old so I’m very optimistic about the whole deal and just have to take it a day at a time and when my time comes, I’ll be back on the field.”(ESPN)
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