Had a quick chat with Max Unger this morning. Column about it will be in the TNT in the morning.
His foot is fine. His rehab was not impeded by the lockout since he was cleared to play by the end of last season and did not need further work from the training staff.
Unger said he'd never been hurt before so it was hard to have to watch his teammates play last season. He also concedes it was not easy -- when people asked why he missed the season -- to have to answer: Toe injury.
They called it "Turf toe," but he said it involved tearing all the tendons down there.
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He said that having no OTAs or minicamps will make it really tough on the rookie linemen on the right side. He remembers back to his rookie season when he learned so much of what being a pro was about before he even got to training camp. They all will suffer, he said, from not having the time to spend with Tom Cable. He calls Cable "a real football guy." I think the translation is that he has high expectations for toughness. The new scheme, though, definitely "is different."
He's fine with the move from guard to center, and likes the leadership responsibilities that come with it.
The guy is very good interview and reminds me a great deal of Robbie Tobeck.
On the personal side, he said he's engaged to be married next year. His fiance is a former 400-meter hurdler at Oregon who has been a volunteer assistant coach with the UW track team.