Sydney Brown still very optimistic in recovery from torn ACL

Sydney Brown still very optimistic in recovery from torn ACL originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

Just three months after his rookie season in the NFL ended with an ACL tear, Eagles safety Sydney Brown is still feeling extremely optimistic about his recovery.

Brown, 24, tore his ACL in Week 18 against the Giants on Jan. 7 but already feels like he’s ahead of schedule in his rehab.

“I feel amazing. I can start working out for you right now if you want to,” Brown said to NBC10 earlier this week with a smile. “I feel great. I’ve been kind of in and out of Philly. I’ve been working out with the trainers at my home school in Illinois. (Senior athletic trainer) Jerome (Reid) and (VP of sports medicine/head athletic trainer) Tom (Hunkele) and the crew have been working real hard with me. I feel like I’m miles ahead of where I should really be. I will be ready for when the season comes around.”

Ready for the season opener?

Brown said he can’t guarantee anything but even shortly after the season ended, he was already talking about being ready for the start of his second season. That seems like a lofty goal because of how late in the season he suffered the injury, but a little positivity can go a long way.

Brown spoke at an Eagles Autism Foundation event earlier this week along with his teammate Zech McPhearson. McPhearson tore his Achilles in the preseason so he’s had much longer to heal up. He’ll definitely be ready for the season.

“I’m feeling a lot better,” McPhearson said. “It’s been a long recovery process. Still a little bit to go but I’ll be ready for this upcoming season. That’s what I’m really excited about. Being back on the field with the guys. New year and a new team, so it should be a fun year to watch.”

The Eagles this offseason brought back C.J. Gardner-Johnson as a starting safety and then extended Reed Blankenship through the 2025 season. So it’s not like Brown is going to be handed a starting job when he’s…


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