Lavonte David Opens Up On His Recovery

June 20th, 2022

Challenging times.

Training camp starts in five weeks and Lavonte David isn’t there yet. His December Lisfranc injury (foot) remains a work in progress.

David joined SiriusXM NFL Radio last week and talked about how he’s pushing his body this offseason to have zero fitness lull — preparation at 32 years old to be ready to fly on Day 1 of training camp. But David said that’s difficult because of his lingering bad foot.

“It’s a lot better than what it was. I’m kind of getting back into the fold again where I need to be so I can be ready for training camp,” David said.

That wasn’t exactly huge vote of confidence for Bucs fans, but it’s certainly not for a lack of effort. David explained how he’s grinding to be the player he used to be.

It’s a two-a-day workout plan, David noted, with physical therapy and lots of mobility work early in the morning followed by late-working lifting, conditioning and field work. Wednesday is his recovery day.

“I’ve been starting to feel really good, really confident in my ability. I still feel like I can play at a really, really, really high level,” David said.

David is normally a very chill guy, but he didn’t sound super confident in his foot being ready for Day 1 of training camp. That’s Joe’s assessment after hearing David interviews for the past 10 years.

Regardless, there’s lots more time to heal, and it’s certainly no issue if David isn’t ready until, say, Aug. 15.

28 Responses to “Lavonte David Opens Up On His Recovery”

  1. Hodad Says:

    Long as he’s 100% to start the season. ILB depth is my biggest concern on the roster right now. It’s better David doesn’t do to much during camp, other guys need the reps anyway. Wouldn’t be surprised if the Bucs bring in another vet to compete.

  2. BucsFanSince1976 Says:

    LB was a terribly weak group after David and White , and without David and White they were horrible. Take a look at the Jets game from last season. David and White were out , and the Jets ran it down our throats for 150 yards and none of that was from the QB. David has had the Lisfranc injury since well before the draft , so addressing that need in the draft should have been a no brainer and that is why passing on Devin Lloyd at 27 and allowing Jax to move up and take said LB smacks of a lack of vision. Lloyd will be a starter for 10 years barring injury , his highlight film is electric.

  3. SOEbuc Says:

    No need to rush Lavonte what so ever. Giving young Britt and Stuard. Get well soon LVD 💯

  4. Cobraboy Says:

    I hope Plan B is not on the roster, because if he is, the ILB may be sub-optimal.

  5. mark2001 Says:

    Took me 6 months to get over a hairline fracture Lisfranc injury…. a tree hit my foot. And I’m no athlete, not jumping quickly enough out of the way when it bounced. I didn’t have to have surgery and pins put in, which is another ball game. Anyone know the extent of Lavonte’s injury? It can be a really tough injury…. lots of small bones that all have to line up and work together.

    Just FYI… as I remember, Lisfranc was a French calvary officer, and the injury is common when guys were unhorsed and their foot caught up in the stirrup.

  6. A Bucs Fan Says:

    It will be a year before his foot is reliable. Should start on the PUP list, and bucs need to find another backer to start the season.

  7. Dooley Says:

    Welp, this gives the youngins like KJ Britt, Olakunle Fatukasi, & JJ Russell more time and opportunity to learn as much as they can before the start of the regular season. I’d keep an eye on Keanu Neal having some type of role as an emergency sub or diversifying a sub package somewhere along the line. That 3-3-5 he uses in passing situations can get turned into a 3-2-6 or a 4-2-5 with the right substitute at any level of the defense.

  8. SlyPirate Says:


    Kwon is still a FA. He knows the system, coaches, and many of the players. He ALSO knows the Saints and can assist the Bucs in beating them … for once.

  9. richbucsfan Says:

    He’ll never make it through the season. I hope Licht has a Plan B

  10. D-Rome Says:

    Kwon is still a FA. He knows the system

    No he doesn’t. He never played under the Arians/Bowles regime.

  11. Casual Observer Says:

    Hodad’s concern is just like mine. Need another ILB – just in case.

  12. GOB Says:

    It’s a bad injury, especially for a linebacker. No way to sugar coat it. Like mark said, I’d like to know the extent of the injury. The joint and surrounding ligaments have a big job. They keep your arch stable, and are responsible for balance while running. Cutting and changing directions quickly are also very difficult.

    I don’t know what the hell it is, but foot injuries have been outpacing knee injuries over the last few years. I think it’s about the surfaces these guys play on. Every NFL field should have grass. If they can grow grass in Green Bay, they can grow it anywhere. I think only half of all stadiums have grass. That field turf stuff is horrible. If the NFLPA had a backbone, they’d demand it. End of rant

  13. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    If Wednesday is LVD’s recovery day…..I guess that means rest……in that case everyday is TBBF’s recovery day.

    And……it looks like we limped into the playoffs with some players…..

  14. Bush's Coke Spoon Says:

    mark2001 Says:
    “Lisfranc was a French calvary officer, and the injury is common when guys were unhorsed and their foot caught up in the stirrup.”

    This is a neat piece of trivia. 👍

  15. Bush's Coke Spoon Says:

    GOB Says:
    “I think it’s about the surfaces these guys play on. Every NFL field should have grass. If they can grow grass in Green Bay, they can grow it anywhere.”

    I am in agreement. When a limb is stuck against the ground and being levered to its breaking point, I have to believe that natural grass and dirt give way much sooner than artificial turf.

  16. D-Rok Says:

    I think you nailed it, GOB. Artificial turf tears up knees, toes, and feet. “But coach, we so fast on arty turf!” Grass is so much better as it gives and isn’t rigid like plastic.

    So I guess you could say, D-Rok likes grass. 🙂

  17. SOEbuc Says:

    There is a plan B-Z spread out with Jason Licht for the next four years.

  18. PassingThru Says:

    What makes Lisfranc injuries awful? A bad combination:

    1. It is a weight-bearing area on both feet, and

    2. Tendon or fractures are slow-healing, as there is relatively little blood flow to that to that region.

    This is serious, as it was a December injury. Cross your fingers that he’ll be available Game 1; Day 1 of camp might prove too optimistic.

  19. SOEbuc Says:

    And another great thing with the turf situation, lets not forget it’s 1,000 degrees and storms every day in TC. At least the Glazer children finally came through with a nice indoor facility. The buzzer to end practice early because of one lightning strike in a 25 mile radius was getting pretty old. But it is what it is at the moment.

  20. Mike Johnson Says:

    Hmmnn, might be a crack in the silver ling here. if his injury is as bad as I think, David will not make it thru the season. Hope the next man up is ready.

  21. Tampabaybucfsn Says:

    We didn’t draft a LB…..will certainly need to draft LVDs replacement next year. Perhaps they plan on using Keano Neal some at LB

  22. Buczilla Says:

    Man, time flys and it’s so weird seeing David at the end of his career. If not for the (mostly) idiot sports media up north constantly and consistently touting lesser players like Kuechly and Wagner, David would be a no-brainer hall of famer.

  23. GOB Says:

    Lol D-Rok, I love me some grass too. I’m reminded of the scene from caddy shack when Carl patents his own kinda grass. “You can play 36 holes on it, and just get stoned to the bajesus belt on it after”

  24. Jeff Says:

    He’ll be back in Late November along with Chris Godwin. Bucs win 10 games and get the last Wild Card in the NFC. Saints win the division. It won’t be close.

  25. stpetebucsfan Says:


    That is one of the funniest lines from a great movie! When it was released Chevy Chase was at his peak and expected to be the star, but Bill Murray just stole that entire movie.

    Like the line when he’s looking up the old ladies dresses.

    Still I got Blazing Saddles just ahead of Caddyshack on my all time faves.

  26. GOB Says:

    GOB dug a little further. The numbers are shocking indeed. For non contact lower extremities injuries, the rate is 28% higher on turf vs grass. The instances of foot/ankle injury are astonishing. Players are 69% more likely to have a non contact foot/ankle injury on turf. In the next CBA, the NFLPA needs to stand up and refuse to play on astroturf mixed with ground up tires. They won’t though. It amazes me how many NFL millionaire literally live paycheck to paycheck.

  27. Anthony Says:

    Keep working hard God Bless and man you are one of the very best. Go Bucs

  28. DMJ3724 Says:

    Definitely something to be concerned about. LD is 1 of the most underrated defensive players I’ve had the pleasure of watching and even Devin White is a completely different player without David on the field. I hope he is ready for week 1 and has one of those “Lavonte David Special” kind of season’s this year