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Wolff Working His Way To Full Health

Posted Jun 9, 2015

Safety Earl Wolff doesn't believe he's been fully healthy since his rookie season in 2013. After suffering a knee injury in mid-November of that year, Wolff was inactive for five of the Eagles' final six games and for the team's playoff game. That cut short a promising rookie year for the fifth-round pick that saw him start six games.

In 2014, Wolff started only one of his seven games before going on injured reserve in November, again with a knee injury. Eventually, Wolff underwent microfracture surgery to repair the ailing knee. Now, Wolff's goal is first to regain the health he enjoyed as a rookie. Then, he'll set his sights on a starting safety job.

"The last time I felt like the old me probably was my rookie year, before I got hurt," Wolff said Tuesday after taking part in individual drills for the first time this spring. "There's still pain when I do certain things, but it's nothing crazy. I'm still progressing. I don't expect to come out here and go all out and not feel any pain."

Prior to practice, and Wolff's involvement, head coach Chip Kelly noted that Wolff had not yet done anything but stretch, despite being cleared by Dr. James Andrews around a month ago.

"Basically the surgery (Dr. Andrews) did, what he was trying to get done, basically got done," Wolff explained, saying that the "bone-on-bone" issue was resolved. "He cleared me basically to do whatever I can do. I've been making a lot of progress week to week, a whole lot. I would say the thing I'm most uncomfortable with right now is I can get out pretty fast but it's basically how long I can go, honestly, how far I can go with it. But, like I said, I'm making progress week to week and that's my goal.

"At the end of the day, my thing is all about being healthy, finally. Coming back and being 100 percent for the first time in a long time. Dr. Andrews said sometimes it takes six months, sometimes it takes eight months, you never know."

In a position group that has no set-in-stone starter opposite Malcolm Jenkins, Wolff will have every opportunity to prove himself when healthy. Converted cornerback Walter Thurmond may be the man to beat at the moment, but Wolff has confidence in his ability.

"Once (Training Camp) starts, I'll be 100 percent and I feel like the sky's the limit for me," he said. "Especially with what I know now from (defensive backs coach Cory Undlin) and as much film as I watched with Malcolm (Jenkins) in the offseason, I'm going to be a great player. That's all I'm worried about, being 100 percent when camp starts."

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