Seattle Seahawks cornerback Marcus Trufant spoke for the first time since the team placed him on the physically unable to perform list at the opening of training camp at the end of July.
Trufant talked with KJR’s Dave “Softy” Mahler this morning, saying his rehab is going smoothly and he’s hopeful that he’ll be ready to play Nov. 1 at Dallas when he’s eligible to come off the PUP list.
“I’m feeling pretty good,” he said. “So with a little more time I think I’ll be OK.”
Trufant hasn’t been seen on the practice field since the injury, mostly spending his time rehabbing and lifting weights in the team’s practice facility.
Seahawks head coach Jim Mora told reporters when Trufant’s injury was first announced by the team that Trufant tweaked his back while working on back peddle drills with teammate Josh Wilson a few days before training camp was set to begin.
Mora later said that Trufant had a “disk issue” similar to what quarterback Matt Hasselbeck dealt with last season
However, Trufant said the back injury developed over time, and one incident didn’t result in the injury.
“It wasn’t like it was one thing, like I bent over and kind of heard something pop,” he said. “It was kind of a gradual thing over time I think, of maybe having some bad posture. And then kind of the way I stand and maybe lifting weights with not the best technique and stuff like that. Just little stuff like that over time. It’s probably been like over five years that this issue has been building up.”
Also confirming earlier reports, Trufant believed initially he would be back sooner rather than later.
“First off we thought, ‘Ok, I may be back right away. I’ve just got to rehab it a little bit and I’ll be OK,’” Trufant said. “But as time kind of went on we kind of figured out exactly what was going on with my back, so it’s going to take a little more time. And with backs you’ve got to take a little bit more time and make sure everything is right. I mean it can be a serious issue, it can turn into something big, so you want to make sure everything is right before you get back on the field.”
Overall, Trufant said things are going well and he expects to be back soon.
“The back is feeling pretty good,” Trufant said. “I still got a little bit more time before I get out on the field. But everything is starting to come together.”