Center Austin Reiter is certainly out for the year for the Cleveland Browns, but they did get some good news today. It looks like the surgery that he had this morning was successful, repairing his ACL. He is expected to be back for 2017.
Exactly when he’ll be back is slightly less clear. The tweet above sounds optimistic, but players like Jamaal Charles have shown that mid-season surgery doesn’t always mean being ready by Week 1. Charles is just now getting worked back into the offense in Kansas City. While the Browns certainly hope that the recovery goes well for Reiter, Charles also did not have any setbacks and it still took into this season for him to play. More will become clear as the year progresses.
Reiter was hurt in his first NFL start, but head coach Hue Jackson seemed impressed with what he saw. He said:
“He did an outstanding job. I was extremely happy and pleased with his play. He battled. He gave us an opportunity to run the ball extremely well. He did a great job in directing protections and doing those things. He was doing some really good things as a young player that we went and found and put on our football team. So hopefully he can get healthy and get back.”
Reiter himself didn’t say much publicly, but his agent said:
“He’ll come back even stronger. He loves the Cleveland Browns and he really wants to be a part of this team.”