Chargers linebacker Larry English has struggled since being a first-round pick in 2009. Now, English said he is looking forward to training camp and being healthy.
suffered a broken bone in his foot last summer in training camp, but tried playing with it. He missed six games after two screws were put in the foot, came back and played, but wasn't very effective. He then had more surgery in March.
He said, "They put another screw in because something was off. The doctors said it hadn't healed right or the foot was re-broken. Either way, we had to get it right during the offseason. It feels a lot better now and I'm optimistic about my foot's long term health. Hopefully the second time's the charm.
"It'll be right when the season starts. It won't be an issue when this lockout ends and we get going again."
Now, English wants to prove what he is capable of.
"I'm excited to see what I can do when completely healthy," he said. "I know this defense. I feel confident in all of my responsibilities as a linebacker, many of which were new when I got drafted. I was ready to make a big leap last year, but I got hurt in training camp and never felt right. Once I complete this rehab, I'll be ready to play well and play fast."
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