Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brandon Gibson was optimistic about his return from a torn patellar tendon, and felt he could be healthy enough to play in the team’s season opener.
Gibson’s participation in Miami’s organized team activities this week shows that he wasn’t just reading a script.
According to Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald Gibson was on the field and working out with the team during OTAs today, only seven months removed from his season-ending injury.
Last month Gibson said he was “slowly getting into things”, which is fairly typical for an injury of this severity.
Gibson, who is entering his sixth NFL season with his third team since being drafted in the sixth round by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2009, could become a valuable asset to the Dolphins if he can stay healthy. There are still questions about teammate Brian Hartline’s health, but Gibson is not as ensconced with the team as Hartline.
If Gibson doesn’t show progress during OTAs, he could end up becoming a salary-cap victim, so his ability to show he can be ready to go may be a deciding factor in whether or not he makes this Dolphins squad.
Gibson had 30 catches for 326 yards and three touchdowns in seven games for Miami last season.