Lions safety Tracy Walker was sidelined for the team’s second half surge, but he appears to be making very good progress from his torn Achilles.
Achilles’ tears have been a prominent injury for the Detroit Lions over the last couple seasons. In Week 3 this season against the Minnesota Vikings, safety Tracy Walker became the most recent. He later took an opportunity to lament the quality of the field surface at U.S. Bank Stadium.
So Walker was obviously not available when the Lions turned their 2022 campaign around to finish above .500. How quickly he’ll be back has a range of possibilities, based on age, body type, etc., as the Lions know.
Cornerback Jeff Okudah was cleared to practice eight months after his injury in Week 1 of the 2021, while defensive end Romeo Okwara had his injury in Week 4 of 2021 and he missed 13 months before returning to the field.
In early December, Walker already shed his walking boot. On Thursday, he posted another update on social media.
Lions safety Tracy Walker appears to be making very good progress
"Feels good to run again. #ImComing."
"You know what? I’m circling right now, If I had to be honest with you, OTAs,” Walker said. “You know, that’s the first step. First step is trying to get ready for OTAs. From that point on, but like I said, for OTAs, I got to get out of this boot. I take it one step at a time, one day at a time. I don’t ever want to get too ahead if that makes sense.”"
Walker still has a lot of rehab ahead of him, and it will be a process coming back from such a significant injury. But all the early signs are positive, and point to his making a return to the field as soon as he possibly can.