06 May 2010

Lions' Gosder Cherilus Recovering from Knee Surgery

The Detroit News

Allen Park -- When the Lions hit the practice field Thursday for their third organized team activity (OTA) workout of the offseason, right tackle Gosder Cherilus won't be participating.

That's because Cherilus is recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery on April 13, according to his agent, Greg Diulus. The third-year pro had some "debris" cleaned out after aggravating a lingering knee problem in late March during offseason conditioning.

With an estimated four- to six-week recovery time, he's expected to be back at full strength in time for the Lions' mandatory minicamp June 23-25. Cherilus already has resumed running on a treadmill in a pool, Diulus said. The Lions' voluntary workouts and OTAs continue through early June.

Cherilus, a 2008 first-round pick, struggled with inconsistent play last season, but nagging injuries might have had something to do with that. He initially sprained his left knee in an Oct. 4 loss at Chicago, and later added ankle and shoulder injuries, but the Week 5 game against Pittsburgh was the only start he missed.

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