Broncos RB J.J. Arrington "80, 85%" Recovered From Knee Surgery

Denver Broncos running back J.J. Arrington underwent major knee surgery a year ago today, and he tells Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post that he should be ready for training camp.

"I'm getting closer all the time," said Arrington. "I'm about 80, 85 percent. I get better every week. Last week I could only run a straight line, this week I can make turns. By training camp, I'll be ready to go."

Arrington initially had surgery on the knee after the 2008 season, and after signing a four-year, $10 million dollar contract with the Broncos, it was determined that further clean-up of the knee was needed. Released by the Broncos, Arrington spent 2009 out of football, rehabbing the right knee.

"He called every few weeks, just to see how I was doing, how I was coming along," Arrington said of Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels.

"When they started 6-0, I was right there," Arrington said. "I saw them all. I didn't hide from football. It's what I've been doing since I was 6. I knew I would do everything I could to get back and I'm almost there."

2009 first-round pick Knowshon Moreno, who led the team in rushing last season with 947 yards and 7 touchdowns, is at the top of the team's running back depth chart alongside veteran running back Correll Buckhalter, himself no stranger to injuries. Beyond that, there's Arrington, who as it stands right now, would need to fend off challenges by Lance Ball, Bruce Hall, and Toney Baker for carries during the pre-season.

Arrington's biggest threat might be Brian Westbrook, who the Broncos have expressed an interest in signing this off-season.

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June 10, 2010 at 02:25 pm

Would like to see what he can do when healthy. Broncos could have a decent backfield if and when he's ready to go.

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