For a mid-round draft choice from a small school, veteran Bills CB Terrence McGee has put together a very nice career. In his first few seasons, he was among the league’s best kick returns, earning a Pro Bowl trip and a few all-Pro selections. Since earning a starting CB role in 2006, he’s been a good player and mainstay in the Buffalo lineup when healthy.
The poor guy just can’t seem to stay healthy, though. And it may cost him the remaining years of his career.
BuffaloBills.com today has an update on McGee’s status as he attempts to recover from the torn patellar tendon that ended his 2012 season in Week 11. That’s a very serious injury, especially for a guy who plays a positon requiring quickess like a cornerback. McGee has been rehabbing hard, but recognizes the extreme challenge he faces:
“I had surgery in November so it’s going to be June and I still don’t feel ready. I’ve never been through something like this. I had surgery on my shoulder, but it was just a couple of months and this is a much longer wait and it’s getting closer to training camp so your mind does wonder if you’re going to make the deadline.”
If McGee still isn’t feeling ready, than his full participation in OTAs is probably out. That’s not such a big deal, but training camp is right around the corner. If he can’t go somewhere near 100% there…his spot on the team and his career could be in real jeopardy.
The Bills have a quartet of young CBs (Aaron Williams, Justin Rogers, Stephon Gilmore, Ron Brooks) drafted in the past two years. All four will make the team unless something weird happens. It would be ideal if McGee could be around to provide some veteran leadership for the group. Otherwise the “veteran leader” role falls to…Leodis McKelvin? Not good.
So yeah, it would be a real blow if McGee can’t make it back. I would certainly hate to see the career of a guy who has given his all for the Bills in his nine years end this way.