Brennan Isn't Going Anywhere
Quarterback Colt Brennan says that even though he anticipates needing three to four months of recovery time from surgery on his left hip, he's not planning on being a stranger around Redskins Park.
Brennan was in the Redskins' locker room this morning and watched from the sideline as teammates began their first regular-season practice without him.
"I don't want people to forget about me," Brennan said. "I want to still be a part of the team. I want people to see me, to still be just as active, so that when next offseason rolls around, it's like I haven't gone anywhere. I've still been here the whole time."
Brennan, who entered training camp with a shot at the backup job and is instead sidelined for the year, said he still hopes to take part in quarterback meetings, still wants to study film, still wants to learn from guys like Jason Campbell, Todd Collins and quarterback Jim Zorn.
"I don't plan on going anywhere, I plan on being as active as I can," he said. "I told them if they need any help, I'd be willing to help out. I just want to continue being a part of this team. I think it's important for me, in the position I'm in, to continue to have a presence around here. I think it'd be smart for me to be around here and continue learning."
As the preseason came to a close, Brennan experienced pain in his knee and his hamstring, both related to a torn labrum in his left hip that was discovered in an MRI last Friday. Though he was placed on injured reserve Saturday and is done for the season, Brennan said this morning, "I could practice today if I needed to."
"It's just that certain cases, certain instances - especially when the game rolls around - when you need to explode, when you need to take-off full-speed, I lost that explosion," said the second-year quarterback. "You could see it on film, you could seem me getting sacked. Usually, early on, I was getting away from stuff."
Brennan compared the tear to what Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner played through at the end of last season. Warner had arthoscopic surgery to repair the tear in March and missed the Cardinals' minicamp.
"It's one of those things where you'll never feel 100 percent. You're always going to feel little small aches and pains. It's always going to hold you from being that explosive and that confident with what you're doing."
Brennan said the team would forward his MRI to specialist, and he'll know within the next couple of days the exact course of action. Brennan said if the surgery is the same as the one performed on his right hip prior to the 2008 season, he expects up to four months of recovery time, though he hopes he can begin working out after a month or two.
Brennan said the decision to go on injured reserve was made by the team, though he was consulted.
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