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Rick Stroud, Greg Auman and Matt Baker

Pittman still has his wheels



Last time we saw Michael Pittman, he was on crutches and looked like he'd be that way for a while.

Then, we saw him roll into the locker room on a three-wheeled Travel Pal, which is a personal scooter-like vehicle. Just a way to stay off his feet without the annoyance of having to use crutches. Have to admit, it was pretty funny to see a muscle-bound football player riding around on something usually used by elderly people at Wal-Mart.

As for his injury, Pittman is wearing a hard cast on his right foot that he said he expects to have removed next week. Pittman said there was no break in the ankle or fibula. Instead, what doctors saw on X-rays was something of a blur, not a crack. He did, however, tear some ligaments in the ankle region.

But Pittman is optimistic he can return sooner than the six- to eight-week window that his doctors have projected for him. He said he's a quick healer.

Still, he won't come back before it's wise to take the field.

"I'm not going to come back 80 percent, 90 percent and not be ready to play," he said. "I want to come back when I'm comfortable and confident in my ankle so I don't have to worry about it."

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:50pm]


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