Q: When were you aware of your sports hernia injury and how did your rehab go?
Chris Laskowski: I was fully aware when they called me back to the practice squad. I felt the injury start in the preseason and when I was home in Florida I was rehabbing it the whole time. I knew there was something wrong, but I didn't really know what it was. It really bothered me and hindered me in my training; I couldn't go full speed and things of that nature. When I got back they checked it out and said that's probably what it was. I flew out to Philadelphia to have it checked and learned I needed to have surgery. I'm about four or five months out of it now, and I've been going full speed for about seven or eight weeks. I feel really good. The rehab doctors said my rehab was one of the fastest they've experienced thus far, and that I did well through it. I'm encouraged by that and feel pretty good; everything's going to plan right now.
Q: During your rookie year you had a good training camp then you went back home before being called up to the practice squad. Were you ever concerned that your NFL hopes had ended or were you confident that you'd be back?
CL: When I first got released I wasn't concerned at all. Mr. Polian told me the day I was released that it wasn't quite the same as a lot of guys and that they were going to bring me back that year and it was just a matter of time. He told me they'd get me on the practice squad and probably move me to safety and see what happens. I took that for truth and went home and prepared for a few weeks. When the weeks stretched into months I started to question it a little bit and just realized that you never really know what's going to happen in this business. So it kind of sobered me up a little bit. I did question it some, but it made it that much better when they called back.
Q: They mentioned to you that they would be bringing you back to play safety back then?
CL: Yeah, Mr. Polian has mentioned that since I've been here. When I played in college I was a lot heavier than I am now and was not as fast and not as fluid. I had trained to be a linebacker my whole career in college and when I played in Hawaii I actually weighed in at 211, so I had lost some weight throughout my senior year -- and that's how I went in with the Colts. They didn't really know where to put me. I played linebacker last year during camp and when they brought me back I played linebacker on the practice squad, but they had told me the whole time that I might switch to safety.
Q: What's been different about your training regimen to get you ready to play in the secondary instead of linebacker? Are you doing some different types of training this season versus last season?
CL: Not really, I've lost some pounds due to the surgery, but what I've done this year is still the same as I did last year. What I've done more this year is stretching. I've always been a good stretcher, but I think because of the surgery and because of the position I'm playing now I think to be flexible and limber is more important. The second thing is my nutrition. I'm really focusing on what I'm putting in my body and I'm trying to get the best composition so I can run all day.
Q: You have a strong reputation as a special teams player; that was one of the things that really stood out about you last year in training camp and the preseason. How important is your work in that role going to be for you to make the final roster?
CL: I think anybody that's not penciled-in as a starter has to be able to show he can help this team win on special teams to start out. I know in my heart that I can play in this league, but that's not the issue. The issue is getting the confidence of your coach and the front office personnel, and I think I can do that by really striving to do well on special teams. I did some good things last year and I'm really looking forward to improving on them this training camp and this preseason. I'm really excited about it and that's going to be really vital to my future in the NFL.
ColtPower Insiders can enjoy more Q&A with Chris on Tuesday where he'll talk in more detail about the challenges of learning the safety position, his teammate and buddy Matt Giordano, and what he's been doing for fun during the offseason.
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