Fruitland native Jordan Gross returned to the field for the first time since breaking his ankle last Thursday (7/28), just in time for the first day of training camp with the Carolina Panthers.
"I feel fine. No [the ankle] is healthy."
Gross, who's the major anchor on the Panthers offensive line, broke his ankle last November and wasn't sure if he'd be healthy for the beginning of training camp. He worked hard in rehab and is thankful to the organization for all the help he received as he recovered.
"Our training staff did an outstanding job and so did our doctors with surgery. It's really amazing what can happen in six months time," Jordan said. "It's amazing that you can come back and be normal."
What's even better is that the former Utah Ute feels no lingering pain and he can now reassume his duties as one of the teams leaders both on and off the field.
"Personally for me I think it shows a lot for me to be out there taking all the reps," said Gross after the Panthers first day of practice. "I probably could have milked the injury a little more and taken some time off, but I think it's important for guys to practice and hopefully I am showing it's important to me as well by doing that."
The Panthers first preseason game is August 12th against the Baltimore Ravens at 6pm mountain time and the game can be seen on ESPN. Carolina officially opens the 2010 season September 12th at the New York Giants.