Detroit Lions defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch is on the mend following surgery to fuse the C6 and C7 vertebrae in his spinal column.
Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press reports that Vanden Bosch underwent the surgery last week in Charlotte, N.C. Vanden Bosch has a three-inch scar at the base of his neck but is already returning to work even though he is on the season-ending injured reserve list.
"Kind of the neat thing is there's really no rehab to it," Vanden Bosch said. "(The doctor) said you can go in and start lifting weights whenever you feel good. I went in Saturday and was able to lift some weights already.
"I came in today and was able to walk some stadiums (stairs). I'll be really full speed, full strength, in probably six to eight weeks. It just takes time for the bone graft to be solid."
Vanden Bosch is a relentless performer on the field for the Lions and his loss was significant. But he should be full strength well in advance of the start of the offseason program – provided the labor situation is settled – and that bodes well for 2011.
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