By Brady Henderson
Just six and a half months removed from reconstructive knee surgery, Seahawks defensive end Greg Scruggs says he will begin practicing next week in the hope of playing at some point this season.
Greg Scruggs had two sacks as a rookie in 2012 but hasn't played this year after tearing his ACL in the offseason. (AP)
Scruggs, a seventh-round pick in 2012, tore his ACL during an offseason agility drill. He's currently on the Physically Unable to Perform list and would have to make his debut by Week 15 at the latest if he is going to play this season.
Doing so would add to the Seahawks' already-deep pass rush. Four defensive linemen have at least three sacks this season for Seattle, which is sixth in the league with 33 in all.
It would also mark an incredibly quick comeback considering the typical recovery periods for ACL injuries. Teammate Chris Clemons, for example, tore his ACL during Seattle's playoff game against Washington in early January and made his 2013 debut in late September.
Scruggs said he has stayed in Seattle during the team's bye week for extra conditioning.
"I hope to be back but nothing's guaranteed, and I don't want to get my hopes up because if I do get out there and it doesn't work out then I'll be heartbroken, sincerely heartbroken. If I don't make it and they end up [placing me on injured reserve], the first thing I'm doing is taking a vacation because that's the only way I'd be able to cope with it," he said.
"I've been grinding for six months straight, six-and-a-half months, no breaks. My first three-day break was three weeks ago. So that's a testament to why I can come back so fast."
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