Chris Godwin Details His Rehab Struggles, Focus

March 30th, 2022

Lots of Bucs fans like to pull out their calendars when they hear a player has a major injury, such as a blown knee like the one Chris Godwin suffered in mid-December.

“OK. ACL tear. Godwin’s surgery went well in early January. He’ll be full speed in training camp and ready for Week 1.”

Unfortunately, that’s just not everyday reality.

If rehab plays out that way and that quickly, then great! But there’s always a long road to get there. Godwin talked about his rough grind yesterday on SiriusXM NFL Radio.

He was asked about his greatest challenges through the process.

“I think the biggest thing is that, you know, it’s always there. No matter what I do, you always have like in the back of your mind you always feel the knee and always are dealing with that, whether there’s swelling that you deal with or you have to spend more time getting it warmed up before you do stuff. I would say that’s probably the most challenging thing. And then I guess following that I would say just not being able to do what I would normally do at this point in the offseason. I see guys working out [at One Buc Palace] and doing their offseason programs and stuff now and I can’t be doing my stuff, too.”

Godwin said he’s had a one-day-at-a-time mindset his entire life, so that’s how he’s approaching his rehab and there remains no return timetable. “I’m not quite ready to put like a date on it,” he said.

The biggest advice he’s gotten on the ACL rehab, Godwin said, is to fully trust the knee once it’s cleared for play — “that not only are you healed but it’s strong, you’re knee is good and honestly it’s probably stronger than it was before.”

Godwin has huge goals, he said, including being better than he was prior to the injury.

Asked specifically whether news of Tom Brady’s return energized his rehab versus knowing he was coming back to catch passes from Blaine Gabbert or Kyle Trask — (Great question, co-host Bruce Murray!) — Godwin didn’t answer directly but said Brady’s return was “a jolt of energy” for him and the entire organization.

11 Responses to “Chris Godwin Details His Rehab Struggles, Focus”

  1. HC Grover Says:

    Been there done that. It ain’t EZ

  2. TBChucky Says:

    Hopefully it’s healing up nicely.. It’d be awesome to have all of our top 3 WRs ready for week 1..

  3. SOEbuc Says:

    Anyone remember when they put Wirfs back? DO NOT PUT HIM BACK IN EARLY!!! See how long it takes but at least 90 percent. We do need Gronk. Gotta get Gronk back.

  4. Howard Cosell Says:

    For Gods sake don’t rush it. Take as long as needed. Think long term.

  5. Itsgoodtobetheking Says:

    We can slowly work him back as we go through the Season. Hopefully 100% mentally over the injury by Thanksgiving for the stretch run…. It will be the mental part that takes the longest to recover.

  6. BradyBucs Says:


  7. Biff Barker Says:

    Godwin is completive enough to overdo his rehab. Especially since Russel Gage will be playing in his spot.
    Bucs coaches and trainers know this. He’ll be ready when he is fully healed.

  8. WalkdaPlank Says:


  9. gotbbucs Says:

    Arians retiring. Bowles taking over as head coach.

  10. BucEmUp Says:

    Holy sh!t Didnt see that coming

  11. CocoaBeachBuc Says:

    Gage will man the #2WR spot till CG comes back. He might possibly be out best FA acquisition.