Nearly five months out from his torn ACL, Lions cornerback Jerry Jacobs has offered an update on his recovery.
Jerry Jacobs was an undrafted free agent find for the Detroit Lions last year, eventually starting nine of the 13 games he played in as a rookie. His rookie season also ended early in Week 14 against the Denver Broncos, due to a torn left ACL.
Jacobs is now almost exactly five months removed from the injury. To some degree no major news on his progress might be good news. But the contrast to fellow cornerback Jeff Okudah’s social media updates, as he works his way back from his torn Achilles, is somewhat noted.
On Tuesday morning Jacobs tweeted out an update on his status. It seemed to hint at a setback in his recovery, but ended on a hopeful note.
Jacobs also posted a photo later Tuesday, which suggests he was on the field for workouts.
Could Jerry Jacobs be ready for training camp? Or Week 1?
A torn ACL carries a full recovery time of 6-12 months. Via Chris Burke of The Athletic, Lions head coach Dan Campbell split the difference when he suggested a nine-month recovery timetable for Jacobs right after the injury. That lands right around the start of the regular season. A stint on the Physically Unable to Perform list to start the season, which would cost him the first six weeks, is possible for Jacobs if he’s not quite in game shape as Week 1 nears.
Beyond being torn ACLs suffered around a month apart, it’s unclear if Jacobs’ injury is at all similar to the ACL tear Lions’ incoming rookie wide receiver Jameson Williams suffered in January. Williams’ surgeon has offered an optimistic outlook based on the injury being a “straight forward” torn ACL, and Williams himself has said he “should” be ready for training camp.
But in a broad sense, if Williams is ready for training camp in late-July or early August, Jacobs could be too.