The guys got Brandon Jacobs as he worked Radio Row at the Super Bowl, and the running back reported that the operation on his torn meniscus in his right knee went well. He didn't give a timetable for a return, however, saying he's in no rush "to run or do anything. We just got to let it heal."
Jacobs said the knee bothered him the whole season, and he would have been much better served had he addressed the issue early on. He said an operation would have cost him four or five games, but then he might have been back at full strength, as opposed to the often tentative running back he became in 2009.
"I just kept going on it," he said. "I have to put it all on myself. No one else but me. I did it."
Jacobs said the knee should no longer be an issue. But there will always be questions about the rest of his body. Throughout his career, Jacobs has proven himself ultra-fragile for a man who stands 6-foot-4, 264 pounds. He may never play a full 16-game schedule.
But if he's right about the knee, he may have a shot at returning to the pounding, 1,000-yard runner he was in 2007 and 2008. He did learn one lesson this year, however.
"Not to play hurt,” Jacobs said. "If something happens to you, go and get it taken care of, no matter what it is. Because things aren’t going to get better."