Hanson on schedule
ALLEN PARK Kicker Jason Hanson said hes right on schedule following minor knee surgery two weeks ago. Of course hes not sure what the exact schedule is, but hes past the ice and elevation stage.
Its doesnt seem like its going fast enough for me. ... It feels like baby steps right now, especially with kickers kicking 50 yarders during the game. Its like, Oh, I have to get better, Hanson said following this afternoons practice.
His temporary replacement, Swayze Waters, kicked a 51-yard field goal in the 27-10 loss at Cleveland on Saturday.
About a week before the preseason opener in which Hanson kicked a 47-yard game-winning field goal, he said he felt some stiffness in his right knee, but wasnt overly concerned because he could still kick.
The decision was made that it was not something that would get better on its own. If they didnt fix it, it would break down later in the season. I was a little surprised it didnt feel right but I was kicking. ... Its a real bummer, I didnt expect it. Its a step backward right after you feel youre getting in great shape, said Hanson who is in his 18th season with the Lions.