Originally posted on 60 Max Power O  |  Last updated 8/6/13
St. Louis safety Matt Daniels hasn’t played on a football field since October, 2012 and he’s happy to be back on it and ready to contribute. He was signed by the Rams as an undrafted free agent in 2012 and made the 53 man roster, everything was going good until: “I was on punt return, actually, blocking for Austin (Pettis) and he got tackled and kind off rolled into me,’’ Daniels said, via the St. Louis Dispatch. “I felt it right away, but I thought it might just be an MCL, but sure enough, it got the MCL and ACL. Daniels underwent surgery to repair the ACL in December and has been rehabbing ever since. Monday, he came off the physically unable to perform list and practiced for the first time in about a year. “I kind of took things slow today ... a little individual drills, a little seven-on-seven and maybe eight reps of ‘team,’ but I felt good. I felt real good,’’ he said. “I think the biggest thing right now is getting used to the speed of the game and training my eyes to look in the right places and seeing the entire field.’’ “I was just trying to keep calm; I feel like I’ve been removed for so long from the game,’’ he said. “All day, I had butterflies in my stomach and was nervous and scared for some reason ... it just felt like Christmas Day all over again.’’ “You know, I love those guys in the training room, but it gets to the point where you get sick and tired of seeing ’em, I hope and pray to God I’m back out here on the field for good now.’’  
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