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'P-Rich' Steps Up Rehab, Eyes Target Date

Courtesy: B.G. Brooks, Contributing Editor


​Paul Richardson has embarked on an intensified five-week rehab regimen that could return the junior receiver to the Colorado lineup before the Buffs get deep into Pac-12 Conference play.

But at the end of his five-week program - on or about Sept. 16 - Richardson will be reevaluated. This September will mark five months since his ACL surgery, an operation which historically can require six to nine months or longer for full recovery.

However, some athletes return faster and Richardson's progress since his surgery has been on the fast track.

Dr. Eric McCarty, the former Buffs linebacker who now is a member of CU's sports medicine team, said Richardson "is doing remarkably well, really shooting past the benchmark (for healing). At the five-month mark we want to see where he is so we can reevaluate and assess . . . see if he's ready.

"We don't know if he'll have all the progress that's required after five months. So we're being very cautious with this; nobody's pushing him but he wants to push and see where he is."

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