Cox Working Towards Full Comeback

Long snappers don’t get hurt too often, but Morgan Cox has a long rehab ahead.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Saturday, February 12th, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

Ravens long snapper Morgan Cox is well on his way to recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, just over five weeks after surgery.

Cox has been a familiar face at the Ravens’ training facility in Owings Mills, Md., working diligently on rehabilitating the injury that ended his rookie season one game too early.

Gone are the crutches Cox used to hobble around.  A bulky knee brace is still worn, but the fact that Cox is walking without a limp and getting back in the gym is encouraging.

“I wouldn’t say it was easy, but it was probably two weeks after to where I felt I could put some weight on it and not have to use crutches,” said Cox, who sustained the injury while uncorking a snap on Dec. 26 against the Cleveland Browns.

Throughout his career at the University of Tennessee, Cox said he would typically begin on-field work by April, when spring ball rolls around.  He’s pinpointing a similar timeline to coincide with the healing process.

“The challenge is not rushing it, but I’m aiming to start snapping by April,” he explained.  “I’m working out to stay in shape, doing a lot of upper body work.

“Preferably, I would have liked to start in January, but I’ve just got to roll with what I can do. I can still stay sharp by tossing the football without putting too much pressure on my knee.  But it’s not the full range of skills that I need to work on.  The blocking, my footwork, we’ll just have to wait until it’s ready.”

A typical day for Cox is spent at team headquarters, splitting time between the Ravens’ trainers and strength and conditioning coaches.

When he gets home, Cox keeps his leg as straight as possible so it heals properly.

For a player who has never been injured before – at a position that rarely sees injuries – Cox appreciates the guidance of other teammates who have endured a similar comeback.

“It was my first surgery, so I’ve been very blessed up until this point where I haven’t had any injuries,” said Cox, whose locker is next to ACL survivor Lardarius Webb.  “You hear a lot about guys getting hurt, but I just take it for what it is.  I haven’t thought about it in terms of me being a snapper. It’s just, ‘OK, you’ve got an ACL.  You’ve got to get better.’”

With Cox snapping, both kicker Billy Cundiff and punter Sam Koch posted career seasons.

Now, Cox, who was a guest of Cundiff’s at the Pro Bowl, is committed to showing the Ravens they made a solid long-term choice when they picked him over Matt Katula last year.

“We’ve got a great chemistry, and my goal is to stay here and continue that chemistry,” said Cox.

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