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Swann dives back in
Return for regular-season opener in sight
Posted: Thursday July 22, 1999 01:19 PM
"We don't know what date he'll actually be ready," said Steve Zucker, Swann's agent. "But his rehabilitation is going really well."
Swann underwent two operations on his right knee within six weeks in December. Dr. Richard Steadman, the Vail, Colo., orthopedist who performed the second procedure, said the recovery period would be six to eight months.
He's not expected to take part in two-a-day practices when the team opens training camp July 30 and instead will continue a rehabilitation program. The eight-month anniversary of the surgery is Aug. 8.
The two-time Pro Bowler hasn't played since appearing in pass-rushing situations in a 34-7 loss to the New York Giants on Oct. 15.
"He's working really hard," Zucker said. "He's on a schedule and has a trainer he's working with. He'll be up with the team [in Flagstaff] and move his equipment to work up there."
Swann has not spoken to the media since October. Defensive coordinator Dave McGinnis, who spoke with Swann several weeks ago, said he was told Swann was progressing and was excited about returning.
The Tribune, a newspaper serving suburban Phoenix, said it was told by a source more recently that the defensive tackle planned both to practice and to participate in a preseason game.
Zucker said the Sept. 12 regular-season opener at Philadelphia is Swann's goal.
Meanwhile, starting defensive tackle Mark Smith isn't expected to show up for the opening of training camp because of a salary dispute.
The two sides held brief talks Tuesday and Wednesday to explore avenues other than the trade Smith wants but the team offered him $325,000 and he demands at least $1.3 million.
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