Chip: ‘No Progress’ With Wolff
Earl Wolff had what he described as “mini-microfracture” surgery on his right knee back in November in hopes that he could finally put the issue in the rear-view mirror. Shortly after the procedure, he told reporters that he expected to be back to full speed by late April or early May.
It’s now June, and Wolff has spent the majority of the spring workouts on the sideline.
Asked about Wolff’s progress as he works his way back from surgery, Kelly told reporters prior to practice: “Earl has done nothing except stretch, so we haven’t seen…there is no progress right now.”
Is it just a pain threshold thing?
“He’s been cleared from Dr. Andrews a couple weeks ago, but it’s what he can tolerate.”
As it turns out, Wolff ramped up his participation Tuesday, working with the defensive backs in individual drills. We’ll see how it plays out from here.
Kelly Pleased With Bradford
Kelly said that Sam Bradford is “right on track” in his recovery from ACL surgery and continues to progress. He would not forecast how much Bradford would be asked to do at mini-camp or when he might be completely healthy, but did express optimism when it came to Bradford being ready for training camp.
“Yeah, I’m very optimistic with Sam in terms of his progress. As I’ve said, he’s gotten better every day.”
As for whether he’ll play games with a brace on his left leg, Kelly said that is up to the player.
— Walter Thurmond has apparently caught the head coach’s eye in the early stages of the safety competition.
“Walt has done a really nice job. Probably been our most productive guy in the secondary in terms of pass break-ups and strips and things like that,” he said. “He always seems to be around the ball, so he seems like he is fitting in there right now. But again, we still don’t have pads on, we’re still evaluating guys in helmets and shorts and t-shirts but he’s been very productive so far since he’s been in there.”
Kelly added that Jaylen Watkins is playing mostly cornerback right now.
— Fletcher Cox has returned to OTAs after missing Monday’s session. Darren Sproles “had a family thing” and is expected back at the facilities Wednesday.