Pryor: Knee scope more than expected

Updated: March 2, 2010, 9:11 AM ET
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Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor said a routine surgery to strengthen a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament three weeks ago turned into a more extensive procedure once the doctor found unexpected issues.

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Pryor, who revealed before the Rose Bowl he had been dealing with a slight PCL injury, said Sunday at a team charity event in Columbus, Ohio, that the arthroscopy was performed on his left knee, not the right as the school announced in early February.

"We just thought I'd strengthen it, but when Dr. [Chris] Kaeding went into it, there were a lot of things wrong with it," Pryor said, according to The Plain Dealer.

Pryor, who was expected to be back to 100 percent before spring practice in April, said he had resumed strength training but hadn't rejoined team workouts, according to the Cleveland newspaper. He said he's allowed to bench-press weights, but is still prohibited from running and jumping, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

"You lose a type of leadership," Pryor said of missing the team dynamic, according to The Plain Dealer. "I laid at home for about five days and then I went in and started to do upper body [workouts]. My upper body got real weak because I was sitting at home taking pain pills and I lost a lot of weight because I wasn't really eating.

"So I'm going to start getting back with the team workouts," he added, according to The Plain Dealer. "It kind of [stinks] because you can't work out with your team."

Pryor says he will soon be able to start jogging and straight-line running, according to the Tribune-Review.

"I've been relaxing at my apartment, but I'm eager to get back to work," Pryor said, according to the Tribune-Review. "The knee feels good now. I'm in the water doing things on a treadmill for the past week. I'm doing some upper-body lifting by myself."

Pryor said he hurt the knee in Ohio State's win over New Mexico State on Oct. 31, according to the Tribune-Review. "I felt it pop," he said. "I thought I hurt it worse. I didn't leave the game and eventually threw a touchdown pass."

Pryor will be a junior next season and is among nine returning offensive starters.

"I can't wait to start working out with my teammates. I need to be there because it shows leadership," he said, according to the Tribune-Review.

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