In the first half of 2012, many NFL players were still plagued with knee injuries from previous seasons that eventually had to be repaired through surgery. Depending on the severity of the knee surgery, it can sideline a player anywhere from two weeks to several months. David Garrard, quarterback for the Miami Dolphins, is the latest NFL player to be sidelined due to minor knee surgery he recently had. The following NFL players also had knee surgery in 2012:
In August 2012, Trent Richardson of the Cleveland Browns had routine arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to remove loose cartilage that was aggravating his knee. In February 2012, Richardson had surgery to repair a torn meniscus in that same knee. Coach Pat Shurmur stated that he is hopeful that Richardson will be able to return in time for the season opener on September 9.
In August 2012, Louis Delmas of the Detroit Lions had knee surgery after suffering continuous problems with his knees which caused him to miss the final five games of last season. Delmas' recovery will be evaluated on a weekly basis.
In June 2012, wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans' Kenny Britt underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. This is the second knee surgery Britt has had in three months. During the 2011 season, Britt tore both his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament, which also needed surgery.
Shortly after the New York Giants won Super Bowl XLVI, defensive tackle Chris Canty had knee surgery. Canty had hoped he would be ready for training camp, but unfortunately that didn't happen. Coach Tom Coughlin doesn't have a time frame of when Canty will be able to return to the game. Canty also played for the Dallas Cowboys.
In January 2012, Rashard Mendenhall of the Pittsburgh Steelers had surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee. Mendenhall injured his knee on the last play of the first quarter while playing in the week 17 game against the Cleveland Browns. This type of injury can take up to nine months to heal. Running back Rashard Mendenhall helped the Pittsburgh Steelers achieve their Super Bowl victory in 2009.