Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph ran for the first time this week as he prepares to hit team workouts on April 7.
Joseph underwent surgery on an injured big toe after the season ended and spent roughly the next two months on crutches and then in a walking boot. This week Joseph said he just started working out and tested his foot for the first time.
“I’m just getting back to running around,” Joseph said. “This week was big for me, my first time getting up and running around and honestly I kind of killed it.”
Joseph had two sports hernia surgeries last offseason and recovered in time to be ready for OTAs. In the next couple of weeks Joseph said he’ll be 100 percent ready for OTAs this offseason, but added it’s not his call, but the coaches' to determine whether he’ll participate. As for running this week, Joseph was taken back by how successful his first workout actually went.
“I was surprised at myself and kind of shocked at myself because I hadn’t run since January when I had the surgery," Joseph said. “And for on my first time running I didn’t have any pain or restrictions. It was a big first step for me.”
Joseph has been in the league for eight seasons and knows how to take care of his body.
“Obviously I’m looking forward to getting back with the guys on Monday," he said, "but at the same time I have to be smart about it and pace myself so when it’s time to kickoff I’m ready to go with no setbacks.”
Joseph and Jadeveon Clowney are both from Rock Hill, S.C. and have been friends since the two were young. Joseph has been vocal about the impact Clowney would have if drafted by the Texans