That’s life for any player coming off a serious injury.
K-State coaches are being cautious with Walker, allowing him to practice only in a limited capacity, and Walker understands why. For now, he is pleased they are allowing him to suit up and get on the field.
“I shouldn’t even be running and jogging right now,” Walker said, “but I can honestly say I am cutting and running and doing the workouts. It’s kind of scary to the doctors, because they don’t feel that I should be back this early. But it really is nothing but a blessing.”
Walker missed the final five games last season after going down with an injury to his right knee against Texas Tech. Walker and K-State haven’t clarified the exact nature of the injury, but it required surgery and he spent several weeks on crutches.
After the procedure, doctors told Walker he would be able to return to the practice field in time for the start of summer practices. Walker pushed for an earlier return.
“The day I got out of surgery I got one day off and we got right back to the drawing board,” Walker said. “We do rehab every day. I lift extra twice a day, just so I can get back and catch up with the rest of the guys. It has been a true testament to where I am supposed to be and where I have been.”