Chris Godwin Likes His Knee Recovery

March 21st, 2022

Chris Godwin

Stud Bucs receiver Chris Godwin was a happy man at One Buc Palace today.

The Bucs hosted a news conference to formally announce Godwin’s new contract. It’s a fat new deal that guarantees Godwin $40 million over the next two seasons, and he’s under contract for a third.

But all eyes are on Godwin’s knee that healing after ACL surgery around Christmas. Godwin said he’s not looking deep into the future as he has a very step-by-step rehab. “Can’t really project too far in my future,” Godwin said. “I like where I’m at right now.”

At the NFL Scouting Combine, Bucco Bruce Arians said Godwin was at “45 percent.” Today Godwin talked about re-learning to walk and run and other basics, all standard after ACL surgery.

Joe does not expect Godwin on the field in training camp, or at least the first couple of weeks of it. That’s not Joe being negative; that’s just Joe being realistic and expecting the Bucs to be cautious.

Godwin said he does not have a timetable goal on returning. He added that looking far ahead is “daunting” and he’s focusing on the small rehab victories.

11 Responses to “Chris Godwin Likes His Knee Recovery”

  1. David Says:

    Don’t rush it. It’s a long season, if he has to miss the first 2 to 4 games, so be it

  2. Brandon Says:

    He can be out there and 100% healthy after eight months… guys have been back as soon as six months… but he can be healthy at eight months… and maybe 100% recovered in 10-12. He may not be as explosive as he was until 10-12 months but he can be out there for week one if everything goes as planned.

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Knowing Chris Godwin….he’ll do what it takes to be ready for game 1.

  4. Dirty Bucs Says:

    I’d rather they bring him back after game 6 or so.

  5. LouisFriend Says:

    He’s a WR who makes sharp cuts and turns on virtually every route and rep in practice and in games. An ACL is an injury that has recovery by degrees. When Godwin returns he might not be able to get as much separation as he did a year ago, at least right away. The pounding that he takes run blocking and pass catching will extend that final recovery to at least 12 months and maybe a little more.

    So yeah he might be back on the field in September, but he might not really be what we’ve grown to expect until sometime around the playoffs. I’d take him operating at 100% for the first playoff game and smile about it all year long!

  6. SlyPirate Says:

    Last time Joe checked in, Godwin was at 45%. That was March 01, almost exactly 2 months after his surgery. If 8 weeks equals 45%, then 11 weeks should be 61%. 99% should occur in 18 weeks or May 2nd.

    According to Google, this is only slightly ahead of schedule. Athletes typically recover from ACL surgery in 5 months. So, Godwin should be ready to fully train between May 2-23.

    The first game is September 9th. So, Godwin will have at least 3 months to get in game shape. I like Godwin for the season opener.

  7. Aaron Says:

    Shady just trying 2 buy his way with players good luck then he’ll figure out where his next stop is lol

  8. Victor Says:

    Honestly, I think it’s okay if he misses a few games because we have Mike Evans as our #1 and then with recently signed Russel Gage as our #2. Tyler Johnson and Breshad Perriman and possibly Scotty miller could take turns as #3 and #4. Our recieving core is stacked with stars, we should have no problem substituting him for a few weeks so he can recover 100%. And I’m not saying godwin is bad, I’m just saying I think he should be his best and he can’t do that without missing a few games.

  9. LakelandSteve Says:

    The last thing anyone wants is for there to be an artificial time table for his return. Everyone heals differently and rehabs at a different pace if they listen to their body. It would be great to have Godwin out there for game one but, I would rather he plays when the knee is healed and he is fully recovered. No one wants him to re-injure his knee coming back to soon.

  10. Anonymous Says:

    After such surgeries players often face a confidence or trust issue in the repaired and rehabbed knee. Keeping one’s mind OFF the knee can be an issue. But I agree with everyone else. Godwin will get past this more quickly than most.

  11. Pete Says:

    Got a lot of “experts” weighing in on this. Only two things are certain. 1. No two injuries are exactly alike. 2. Chris will do everything in his power to get healthy and back on the field.