The New England Patriots have a handful of key starters returning from injuries this offseason, including linebackers Dont'a Hightower and Jerod Mayo, and defensive lineman Dominique Easley. In a bit of good news, wide receiver Brandon LaFell seems to be on track for recovery.
LaFell has been spotted with a walking boot this offseason as he recovered from a foot injury. He also finished the season with an injured shoulder. LaFell told Sirius XM Radio that he's feeling better and is ready to return.
"[I] finally got some time off to let my body heal up properly," LaFell stated to host Bruce Murray. "I'm out of the boot now and I'm just looking forward to starting camp."
The 6'2, 210 receiver became a key target for quarterback Tom Brady over the course of the 2014 season, grabbing 74 receptions for 953 yards and 7 touchdowns, and seems primed to be an even greater contributor moving forward. He will likely be behind tight end Rob Gronkowski and receiver Julian Edelman when it comes to offensive production.
While signs are great that LaFell is out of his foot, it should be noted that fellow receiver Aaron Dobson was out of his boot in June of last year, and he was not ready to play early in the regular season. Hopefully LaFell is able to jump right back into the game shape and can build off of his tremendously successful first year in New England.