TAMPA BAY – “Mum” is the word when it comes to the Buccaneers and Chris Godwin’s eventual return from a torn ACL.

“He’s [Godwin] coming along,” Todd Bowles said back in May. “Obviously, he’s better than where he was. But, he’s not where he needs to be. He’s coming along – he works hard.”

The ambiguity didn’t stop either. Bowles was just as discreet when immediately asked if Godwin had reached any milestones such as running, putting weight on the knee – anything that is considered a genuine mark of progress in the ACL recovery process.

“No – he’ll reach the milestone when he gets back on the field.”

It makes sense for Bowles to dodge a timeline. Injury timelines put unnecessary pressure on players to return as quickly as possible, which can cause players to push themselves too hard and return too fast. Which can have multiple ramifications, mostly the player re-injuring themselves.

But, still, inquiring minds would like to know, if they can. Fortunately, Bowles isn’t the end-all-be-all source on All Things Godwin.

“I think Chris is going to surprise people,” Buccaneers receiver Cyril Grayson Jr. said recently on the Pewter Report Podcast. “I think he’s going to be back sooner than everybody thinks. I’ll say that.”

From what Grayson Jr. has heard, Godwin is back to running as he would during a game.

“I heard he ran 19 miles per hour the other day,” said Grayson Jr..

19 is as fast as you need to play. You don’t really run 23 miles per hour. That’s just where you get clocked at and you’re like, alright, that’s the peak.”

Grayson Jr. is a former track star, so he knows speed when sees it. Or hears it, in this case.

And personally, speaking as someone who has gone through the ACL recovery process themselves, Grayson Jr.’s comment regarding Godwin represents a major milestone to reach.

While encouraging, there is still a long way to go. We’ll see how Godwin’s feeling when training camp rolls around.

You can check out Pewter Report‘s full interview with Grayson Jr., here.

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