How Soon Will Bennett Return?

Michael Bennett could start doing some light work soon, but the questions are: How much and how soon? We have the latest from a source close to the team.

The saga known as the foot that could have silenced the Minnesota Vikings' rushing attack could be coming to an end.

Vikings Pro Bowl running back Michael Bennett visited surgeons on Wednesday in hopes that he could gain clearance to begin practicing with the team, with hopes of playing in the 2003 season. Bennett had a procedure conducted on the foot he broke and subsequently underwent surgery on it in the off-season.

We have learned from sources close to the team that Bennett is expected to be cleared to resume moderate exercises, which may include light running on a treadmill or shock-absorbent surface within the next one to two weeks, leading to rejoining the team on the practice field. According to our sources, the potential for re-injury remains a consideration and Bennett could suffer some pain and discomfort in the region once any extensive physical activity were to take place.

Bennett has been optimistic in recent days about the improvement in the foot due to the procedure, but he said he would wait until he met with doctors on Wednesday before ultimately deciding if he would attempt to play in the 2003 season.

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