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Herrera ready for long rehab

Posted by: under Vikings players, Anthony Herrera Updated: November 24, 2010 - 1:16 PM

Anthony Herrera remembers the play but he's not exactly sure how he tore the ACL in his left knee in the first quarter of Sunday's loss to Green Bay. Herrera said people have told him he got his foot stuck in the turf.

"I still haven’t looked at [the replay]," he said. "I won’t look at it. That’s not something I want to see."
Herrera visited the locker room Wednesday and talked about his injury and rehab. The veteran right guard said his knee is still too swollen for surgery but that he will have the procedure as soon as the swelling goes down and he gets more range of motion. Recovery time for ACL surgery is typically six to nine months.
"It’s unfortunate that it happened but it’s part of the game, part of the risk that we take when we go out there every Sunday," he said. "That’s why when you talk to the guys, you always say, ‘You’ve got to play lights out because you never know which play is your last play.’ But we’ve got a great training staff here, great support system. I’ll be back for training camp."
Herrera said he briefly kept playing after he suffered the injury.
"I knew something was going on," He said. "I didn’t know exactly what it was. I tried to play through it. I played about five more plays. I pulled and tried to block a guy and he pushed back on me, that’s when I realized I didn’t have any strength in it. That’s when I took myself out."

Herrera said he's already talked with several players who have gone through the surgery to get an idea of what to expect. 

"I’ve never dealt with anything where it’s going to be six to eight months [sidelined]," he said. "That’s pretty much the whole year. You just have to stay positive. Talking to teammates, talking to other people that’s been through it, a major part of the rehab is mental. Mentally being able to trust the doctor that’s doing the surgery, the people that are helping you do the rehab and you staying positive yourself."

Ryan Cook takes over as the starter and rookie Chris DeGeare will serve as the utility backup. 
"Everything happens for a reason," Herrera said. "You never know what it is right now, but everything happens for a reason. I’ll be back next year stronger, faster and in better shape ready to go."



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