So writes ESPN’s Tim McManus:
Lying in a hospital room, his knee badly damaged and twisted out of shape Josh Sweat was given about the worst news possible.
“I’m 99 percent sure you’re never going to play football again,” he remembers being told. “And there’s a good chance we might have to cut it off.”
There are varying accounts as to the rank of the medical expert in his hospital room who delivered such a harrowing assessment. A doctor? A nurse practitioner? Whatever the case, it was a voice of authority — a voice that still lives inside Sweat.
He recited those words while standing inside the Eagles training facility last week, four football-filled years removed from that moment and fresh off his first practice as a pro.
The questions that followed Sweat’s rookie camp debut were mostly about that braced left knee. Surrounded by reporters and standing with his back to the NovaCare Complex wall a few paces from the field, the fourth-round pick out of Florida State went into the routine of trying to assure skeptics the brutal injury he suffered as a high school senior would not hold him back, smiling the whole way.
“I just want people to know that it’s all good,” he said in a quieter moment as he made his way indoors toward the locker room. “It still made me fall [in the draft], but it’s all good. It doesn’t matter. I’m here now.”