Detroit Lions receiver Ryan Broyles has been in rehabilitation for basically 18 of the last 20 months.
The best part of his first torn anterior cruciate ligament was that it prepared him for the second.
It all started November 5, 2011, when Broyles blew out his left knee late in his senior year at Oklahoma.
Less than 13 months later, December 2, 2012, he did it all again, this time to the right knee, during his rookie year in the NFL.
In between, there were a few weeks of good health and productive performance, but not many. He's had to earn his paycheck in the training room rather than on the field.
But the knowledge that he gained from going through the process previously has helped him make a quicker rehab this time. Broyles took part in team drills during the Lions' mini-camp last month, about six months after his latest surgery.
"He's had a great rehab," coach Jim Schwartz said.
Barring a setback, Broyles will be much further along when the Lions open their regular train...