Donnie Avery precise in his return from torn ACL

Donnie Avery has a good handle on his situation right now.

A real good handle on it.

How else do you explain the precision with which he has described his health as he completes his recovery from a torn ACL suffered in his right knee during a preseason game last year?

Avery tells Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he’s “a good 92-93 percent” back from the injury. If that is the case, it’s terrific news for the St. Louis Rams, who even with Avery still have a thin depth chart at wide receiver, one stocked with rookies.

Just trying to get back up to speed,” Avery said Wednesday at the Rams’ player-run practice at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo. “Because you know with injuries like this, a lot of guys, they lose their quick-twitch muscles.”

Avery claims he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds last week. That would be the kind of speed he had pre-injury. The injury has led Avery to refine every aspect of his training too.

“I slimmed down a little bit,” Avery told Thomas. “I got up to 203 (pounds) but I didn't feel comfortable with it. So right now I'm like 190, 191. It's like 3.8 percent body fat. For dinner (Tuesday) night, I had 4.2 ounces of fish, 2.2 cups of brown rice, and a cup of green beans. So it's training right, eating a lot of proteins, and just working on my speed.”

There is no question the Rams can use him in 2011.

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