Apparently Brandon Ghee's wrist injury last year was so serious, it could have ended his career.
During training camp last year, Ghee fell on his wrist during a pass while covering wide receiver A.J. Green. At first it didn't appear serious, but those notions of severity were accelerated when Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis declined comment when asked if Ghee would be ready for the season opener.
He wasn't. In fact, he was placed on the season-ending Injured Reserve by August 24, well before the team played the Baltimore Ravens to open the season.
And the injury was far more alarming.
"They actually told me they didn't know if I would ever play again. But in my mind, it's not over until it's over,'' Ghee told the Fayetteville Observer on Saturday.
With most of his ligaments torn and a dislocated wrist, the Bengals training staff was concerned that Ghee may never be able to grip the football again.
Sammy Batten with the Fayetteville Observer continues:
Despite a successful surgery, Ghee ran into another problem that threatened his NFL career six weeks later. The wrist became infected, resulting in yet another disturbing report from the medical staff.
"After I got the infection they were like, 'There's no way you're coming back,' '' Ghee said. "But I just kept rehabbing really heavily. A few weeks later the doctor was surprised at how much flexibility I had regained so early.
Ghee is determined to prove that the best days are ahead of him.
During the first week of OTA sessions with Leon Hall, Adam Jones, and Dre Kirkpatrick, Ghee was on the first-team defense opposite of Terence Newman. And head coach Marvin Lewis was impressed.
"Brandon has done well this spring, in the OTAs and in the minicamp," Lewis said last month. "Brandon's got to play real football against guys with different colored helmets on, but he shows us promise. So I'm looking forward to him doing that."
Ghee will feature prominently during any cornerback battle for the fifth spot behind Hall, Jones, Kirkpatrick, and Newman. If he's healthy and continues to impress, he should make the roster. Playing time will be another issue but for someone like Ghee, it's just another small step to his big picture.