Quinton Carter returns from injuries
The Denver Broncos’ beleaguered defense got a boost Monday with
the return of safety Quinton Carter, cornerback Tracy Porter and
rookie linebacker Danny Trevathan.
Trevathan (ankle) had been out since Aug. 9, Porter (illness)
since Aug. 14 and Carter since July 27, when he popped his right
hamstring, which led doctors to discover he needed arthroscopic
surgery on his left knee.
”It’s kind of tough on you every day watching film and watching
everybody else go at it and not being able to be a part of that,”
Carter said. ”But it felt pretty good.”
The second-year safety said he hurt his left knee in a game
against New England on Dec. 18 but even though it grew more and
more painful, MRIs hid the injury until last month when he pulled
his hamstring inside the team’s practice bubble.
”It’s feeling wonderful,” Carter said. ”It’s feeling better
than it did at the end of last season. So, I’m pretty excited about
He said his hamstring felt good, too.
”I haven’t been out there working and cutting full-speed so
today is really the first day I got some change of direction and
whatnot, at a different level of speed,” he said.
Carter finished last season as the starter after supplanting
fellow rookie Rahim Moore at midseason, but now he has lots of
catching up to do if he’s going to regain his starting job in
Denver’s star-studded secondary.
”I’m not even on the depth chart in my eyes right now,” Carter
said. ”That’s where I’m at. My mentality, I’m at the bottom, so
I’ve got to work from there and try to get back to where I left off
Carter said he hopes to play Sunday when the Broncos (No. 10 in
the AP Pro32) host San Francisco (No. 4).
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