Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Geno Hayes told Stephen Holder of the St. Petersburg Times that he will be fully ready to go for training camp at the end of July after having surgery to repair a torn labrum in late January. Hayes injured his shoulder in the second quarter of the Bucs' final game of the season against the Falcons on January 3. The original timetable of recovery for his injury was three to four months, which means that his recovery is right on schedule. Hayes started 13 games in 2009, his second season in the NFL. He recorded 136 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions, and a forced fumble. Holder writes:
Geno Hayes is here at One Buc Place with dozens of his teammates today as offseason conditioning gets underway, and the starting outside linebacker said today he is working feverishly to recover from his right shoulder injury that ended his season.
Hayes suffered a torn labrum but will be ready for training camp, which is the most critical issue. He'll be limited during offseason workouts, including OTAs, but he is making the most of his time in the interim.
Hayes said he's been at the facility on a regular basis since the season ended, watching lots of film and just generally trying to build on what he started last season when he led the club with 14 tackles for loss and ranked second with 136 tackles.
Source: St. Petersburg Times - Stephen Holden
PewterReport.com's Take: It's good to see that Hayes is on schedule with his recovery from surgery. The 22-year old Hayes made a lot of progress in his first year as Tampa Bay's weakside linebacker. The fact that he's been at the facility working hard during the offseason in preparation for the upcoming season shows his commitment to helping the team improve in its 2010 campaign. Hayes' determination to get better by studying film and the tireless work he has put in rehabbing with his teammates will also help him gain respect in the locker room and allow him to possibly emerge as a leader on the defensive side of the ball. The Bucs helped solidify their linebacker corp in free agency by signing Jon Alston from the Raiders and re-signing Angelo Crowell, but they still may look to add more depth at LB through the draft in April with one of their 11 picks.