Colon's surgery minor, Ryan playing it safe

With training camp around the corner, Rex Ryan is taking a cautious approach with injured offensive lineman Willie Colon despite multiple reports indicating his knee surgery will be relatively minor in nature.

Right guard Willie Colon is confirmed to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery within the next couple of days. Still recovering from a torn bicep injury sustained in Week 17 against the Miami Dolphins, Colon decided that he should fix up his tweaked knee as well.

Colon had a great season last year, paving the way for a strong rushing attack that averaged 134.9 yards per game and a decent 4.4 yards per carry. The 31-year-old guard resigned with the Jets this past March with a one-year deal worth $2 million.

Fortunately, Colon's impending knee operation is a minor one, but head coach Rex Ryan isn't taking any chances.

"We're not going to throw him out there," said Ryan, "We're not playing the Patriots anytime soon. So, we've got to do what's best for him and like I said, unfortunately he's going to need a scope and that'll keep him out of some action for a while."

When asked if there was a timetable for Colon's recovery, Ryan replied, "No. Again, we'll do what's appropriate for him. It's safe to say it's going to be a while if he's going to come off a scope. It's going to be a while."

However, other sources have indicated that Colon should be back well in time for training camp in July. Offensive coordinator Mary Mornhinweg recently told reporters that Colon's injury was "nothing serious" and that he will "definitely" be ready for the start of training camp.


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