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Lions Optimistic About Gosder Cherilus’ Knee Injuries

Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports Lions right tackle Gosder Cherilus played through knee pain most of his first two NFL seasons before succumbing to arthroscopic surgery last April. He underwent microfracture surgery in December, and though Lions coach Jim Schwartz did his best to downplay the procedure Tuesday, he did so in a hopefully uncertain way.

“The biggest key is how well he can deal with the knee injuries and whether he can put them in his past, or if they’re going to be a constant,” Schwartz said.

“There’s plenty of players that deal with injuries that are constantly around. We’re not talking about that with Matt, but maybe with Gos that’s going to be something he’ll have to deal with. Having to deal with it doesn’t mean that you can’t do the job with it.”

“I’ll just say this about Gos,” Schwartz said. “Gos had a lot of questions last year at this time. He had some injuries, he had off-season knee surgery last year, and he hadn’t been a very consistent player that year. When training camp came, Gosder won the job by being consistent and showing the consistency that he needed to as a player, and I think that continued through the year.

“He’s still a developing player. He’s still a young player. He’s had some setbacks with injuries and how far he goes in the future is going to depend a little bit on each of those. But I feel — I think we all feel — a lot better about where he was this year as a player than the year before.”

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