Fujita Back on the Field

On Friday morning, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Scott Fujita did something he'd been aching to do for a while. He practiced. After an injury plagued season and off-season ankle surgery, Fujita returned to the practice field, he was very happy to be back playing with his teammates once again.

Last season, Scott Fujita injured his right ankle in the Monday Night game against the Baltimore Ravens. That was the Chiefs fourth game of the season. But despite the injury, Fujita returned the next week against the Jacksonville Jaguars and he played every week there after with constant pain. Finally, in the off-season, Fujita had surgery to remove a bone spur in his ankle. He spent the entire spring rehabbing. Today was the first day since he could work with his teammates.

"I knew I'd be alright. I didn't expect to be 100%. I'm not at this point. It's a slow process to get back into things, but it was just good to get out and play football again," said Fujita. "It's just important for me to play football again. I've been out of the game for a while, and this is the first time I've missed this much practice at one period in time, so I've just got to get back and play," Fujita told reporters Friday morning.

Even though he made it out today he still has a long way to go. When a player misses that much time, not only does it become a physical challenge, but also a mental one. Fujita has to work to get his timing down, and be able to make defensive reads as quickly as he did before the injury. That's going to be his focus for training camp, getting back his edge so he can compete for significant playing time.

"I'm either full speed or I'm not, and I'm not quite there yet, but that's what training camps for. I'll probably go one-a-days for the next couple of days, to get my legs back under me, and see how I feel after that," he said.

Fujita does plan to be a starter again. While he was rehabbing his injury the Chiefs brought in two new linebackers, Kendrell Bell and the soon to be signed Derrick Johnson. It will be tough to pry his starting gig from the likes of those two, but Fujita is confident he's up to the task.

"I plan on taking over things the way I did in the past, but first and foremost, I've got to get healthy, and that's the only thing on my mind right now."

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