Return from neck surgery 'piece of cake' for Vanden Bosch

It was almost 12 months ago that Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz showed up on the doorstep of Kyle Vanden Bosch’s home and implored him to come to Motown when the clock struck midnight and free agency opened.

Vanden Bosch quickly agreed and the Lions rebuilt their defensive line quickly by later drafting Ndamukong Suh. But the high-motor veteran didn’t finish the season as he suffered a neck injury that required surgery in December.

Vanden Bosch has two vertebrae in his spinal column fused together. Now, he tells Carlos Monarrez of the Detroit Free Press that he’s feeling good.

“Since the season's been over, I haven't taken any time off," Vanden Bosch said, per the report. "I kind of just want to get back to full strength and then maybe back off a little bit. But I've probably trained harder than I ever have the last couple of months. And I really feel great.

"As bad as neck surgery sounds, the recovery was a piece of cake. I don't really have any lasting effects from the injury or the surgery."

Vanden Bosch should be full speed before spring. The Lions, on paper, have a fierce front four. They need to do some heavy lifting this offseason with the back seven to continue overhauling the defense. Then, there’s the matter of Matthew Stafford staying healthy. But it looks like the perennial door mat is showing real signs of improvement.

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