Golden Nuggets: Stefan McClure Talks about Returning to Cal Football, Says His Knee is 85-90%

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After tearing his ACL, MCL, and meniscus and six months later enduring microfracture knee surgery, Stefan McClure had a long road to recovery. He talks to Faraudo about how the knee is feeling and how soon he'll be 100%.

Faraudo recently spoke with cornerback Stefan McClure, who is coming back from a horrific knee injury. A strong return from McClure will do wonders for the Bears' depth at defensive back. In addition to the knee injury, he had microfracture surgery on his knee (which was news to me).

"It was a full everything — I think they call it the terrible triad: the ACL, the MCL and the meniscus. I got all of them," McClure said after practice one day last week.

He then required microfracture surgery in May last year, further delaying his return.

"There’s nothing I could really do about it. It just takes six months for the bone marrow to come back," he said. "One of those things where I had no control — just had to sit there, couldn’t walk on it for six weeks.

While he is only permitted to practice in a limited fashion, he's had a chance to test out the knee.

McClure said he was feeling "probably 85-90 percent" last week.

"It’s just not quite where I need it to be to be out there 100 percent. Just strength. Certain movements kind of get it once in a while. I trust it when the play goes on, but after the play, I’ll go, `Man, I just didn’t have that same power that I had to accelerate out of a break,’ " he said.

"I feel that’s just more repitition, driving that foot into the ground and firing those muscles because I haven’t done it this aggressive in a while."

McClure is confident, however, that he will be 100% by the time fall camp begins.

"I feel 100 percent sure I’ll be able to play. Once you have surgery your body has a different type of 100 percent," he said. "As long as there’s no pain, I’ll be good to go.

"Anytime you have surgery, it’s not going to feel the exact same, fresh like it was before. Once I accept that but keep working to get it back normal, then it’ll be pretty good."



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