It's been almost a month that Paul Posluszny has been forced to sit and watch his team practice and play after breaking his left forearm in the season opener at New England. But with a checkup scheduled with team orthopedist Dr. John Marzo Sunday, Buffalo's middle linebacker is hoping to be told he's just two weeks away from playing again.
"I'm going to see him (today) and he'll give me an update," said Posluszny. "Hopefully it's just a couple of more weeks before I get back, but everything is healing fine and I'm on schedule."
For Posluszny time along with surgery has helped to heal his injured forearm, but it hasn't made dealing with being a spectator any easier.
"It's horrible," he said. "Just sitting and watching you feel like you're not adding any value to this team because I'm not helping in any way. And for away games I'm in the house watching TV. There's nothing worse than that. It's the last situation you want to be in."
Posluszny has been lifting weights and doing cardiovascular workouts to help maintain his strength and conditioning level. That should make for a quicker transition back to the field.
"It's completely normal now. I do everything like nothing happened," said Posluszny. "The only thing I haven't done is any contact work. I haven't punched the sled or anything like that. So that's the last thing I have to get by."
When Posluszny does return the plan moving forward is to have a protective padding wrapped on the outside of his forearm for games.
"We're going to put something over the top of it definitely for the rest of this season, just to protect it a little bit more," he said. "So if I do get hit there again or I fall on it, it'll have that extra protection. It's healed, but I plan to wear something when I get back out there."
Posluszny's only real adjustment will be getting back into the flow of the game and the speed with which he has to make checks pre-snap.
"It's just a matter of getting back and getting live reps and playing football," he said. "Hopefully I'll get the go ahead (today) to do everything throughout the week and then progress from there. Hopefully in a couple of weeks I'll be back."