Casillas Is Running And ReadyMarch 22nd, 2014
In typical Bill Belicheat/KGB fashion, the New Schiano Order didn’t reveal much information about linebacker Jonathan Casillas’ knee injury last year.
Greg Schiano spoke about the loss of his special teams star and a starting linebacker with hush tones and dejection.
Casillas was a hurt in Week 13 and went under the knife and wasn’t heard from again.
Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht reviewed film of Casillas and made a swift move to re-sign him before he hit unrestricted free agency. It was a deal that validated Schiano’s grading of Casillas over Dekoda Watson, and helped send Watson to Jacksonville.
But what about that knee surgery? What was it?
Speaking today to Tom Krasniqi, Bucs beat man for WDAE-AM 620, Casillas revealed he could have returned to the field in January if the Bucs were a factor.
His injury was not a blown knee, as many assumed, but a “slight meniscus” tear, Casillas said. He claimed it “wasn’t that bad of a deal” and he’s already running. But Casillas added he’s being cautious knowing he only really has to be 100 percent come training camp, not when the Bucs return to practice in April 7.
This is great news. Casillas is not overcoming tough odds with this injury. Casillas is a violent player, and Joe’s got a lot of confidence in him if he got a quick stamp of approval from Lovie. That’s somewhat rare for a Schiano man.