Lions CB Jerry Jacobs Injury Update: “I’ll be back sooner than you think”

One big storyline for Detroit Lions 2022 will be back from injury for so many different players. Both Jeff Okudah and Romeo Okwara suffered serious Achilles injuries last season. Center Frank Ragnow had a serious tip of the pitch that cost him the last three months of the season. Even two types of the Lions draft this year – Jameson Williams and James Mitchell – are in the process of recovering from the torn ACLs hit in the last 10 months.

We have many updates on many of these injuries, including consistent Jeff Okudah’s recording of progress on social media, Ragnow and Mitchell essentially say they are now close to 100 percent, and Williams says he “should” be ready for training camp.

One player we have not heard from is Lions corner defender Jerry Jacobs, who suffered an ACL disruption in a team match in week 14 against the Denver Broncos. It’s only been five months since Jacobs was injured, but delivered a semi-puzzling update on Twitter Tuesday morning.

“My failure was a blessing [sic], I overcame what was sent to destroy me !!! ” Jacobs said. “I’ll be back sooner than you think, stronger than ever !!!”

This does not give us a direct schedule for when we can expect Jacobs to return to the fold, but there are some hints. A tear in the ACL could take six to 12 months to recover, and at the time of the injury, head coach Dan Campbell gave an estimate right in the middle.

“That’s probably a nine-month injury, over there,” Campbell said. “But the good news is that it can be fixed, he will work on it, he will come back and be better than he was.”

Nine months would mark Jacobs’ return to injury at the start of the 2022 NFL regular season. If that is the case, the Lions may consider placing Jacobs on the Physically Unable to Perform before training camp roster and keep him there for the first six games of the season.

However, if she gets ahead of schedule, there’s sure to be a chance Jacobs will make it to the training camp. If Williams, who suffered an ACL rupture a month later than Jacobs, manages to recover in time for August’s training sessions, then surely Jacobs could too.

UPDATE: Jacobs also posted this photo on his Instagram page – from the off-season training photo gallery on May 10 – showing that he is training off-season and at least going out onto the pitch.

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