ARLINGTON, Texas — Cornerback Kyle Fuller’s comeback has turned into a test of his patience. But he and the Bears want his right knee to be as good as it can be before he is active in a game.
That wasn’t this week against the Cowboys. Fuller, who underwent arthroscopic knee surgery five weeks ago, was inactive for the third consecutive week on Sunday night.
“It’s real tough,” Fuller said recently. “But you’ve got to get healthy. You got to be patient with it.”
That’s not always easy.
“I’m taking it day by day and seeing how I’m feeling,” Fuller said.
Fuller and the Bears want him to feel right in all his movements, whether it’s breaking down for a tackle, trailing a receiver down the sideline or fighting for jumpballs in the end zone.
“I have to do what my body tells me,” said Fuller, whose knee had bothered him for months before he underwent surgery. “[My return] didn’t go as fast as I would expect it. But it is what it is.”
When it came practices last week, coach John Fox said Fuller was “doing it better” and “doing more” than he was in the preparations for the Eagles.
“He’s ahead of where he was pre-surgery,” Fox said last week. “Right now, I don’t know that he’s all the way back yet, but I do see improvement.”
Cornerbacks Jacoby Glenn and Deiondre’ Hall continue to play in Fuller’s place.
“They’re doing a great job,” Fuller said. “Of course, they’ll be a couple plays here or there they’ll learn from. But that’s the game of football. Overall they’re doing a very good job.”