For linebacker Kailee Wong, returning to play football has been the main concern during the recovery process. After suffering serious injuries to his right knee, there was concern in the beginning that Wong's career might be over considering no other player has had multiple injuries of that magnitude on the same knee. Texans trainer Kevin Bastin worked on a one of a kind plan to get Wong healthy so he could make it back halfway through the 2006 season. So far, Wong has recovered nicely and is set to report on the field for the season opener on September 10th.
According to a recent article released by the Houston Chronicle, Wong hasn't had any setbacks so far. Not to say he's 100% yet but usually players have at least one setback during the recovery process. This is great news considering Wong has been a major force on the Texans defense the past four years. Wong has racked up 15 sacks, 209 tackles, 29 passes defended and 3 forced fumbles in his four year stint with the Texans. He has been a leader and playmaker since joining in 2002.
The linebacker core has been one of the major concerns of the coaching staff during the off-season. If Wong is able to make it back, it might ease some of that concern and strengthen the defense as a whole. Wong is an intelligent hard-hitting veteran that would boost team confidence and make others around him better. With the possible combination of Wong, Cowart, Ryans as starters, the outlook for the Texans linebackers is positive.
Now, Wong sits on the PUP list along with WR Jerome Mathis. Although they cannot participate in team activities while on the PUP, they can be taken off of it anytime during training camp if the trainers feel they are ready for it.
There had been reports and speculation that he would be a part of the June first cuts but that day came and went. Oddly enough, the entire league decided that June first was just another day and nothing worth mentioning really happened. Wong continued to move on with his rehabilitation so he could compete when the season starts.
The Texans staff has been cautious with Wong reeling him back in when he pushes it a little harder than he should. Wong said to Megan Manfull, "My role is to see how much I can do, and their job is to reign me back in." This tells me he is definitely on his way to be ready for the start of the season and the Texans will be ready for what offenses throw at them.