Linebacker Bud Dupree's road to recovery from an ACL injury he suffered against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 12, and the surgery that followed, is going well according to what Dupree said on Wednesday morning on NFL Network's Good Morning Football.
"Man, I'm feeling great right now," said Dupree. "I'm ahead of schedule in rehab. It's a great thing as always, it's a blessing. I'm on track and I'm going to be ready for camp. It's a blessing to take the small things from a big injury like that was and just know that I'm still able to perform next season."
Dupree, who will become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins on March 17, was having another strong season when the injury occurred. He had 31 tackles, eight sacks, eight tackles for a loss, 15 quarterback hits, two passes defensed and two forced fumbles in 11 games.
While the injury ended his season early, it didn't end his support of fellow outside linebacker T.J. Watt, who is a candidate for the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Watt led the NFL in sacks with a career-high 15, quarterback hits with 41 and tackles for a loss with 23, while adding 53 tackles, 43 of them solo stops, seven pass defenses, two forced fumbles and an interception.
Dupree is among the many who is in Watt's corner for winning DPOY, which will be announced during the NFL Honors show the night before Super Bowl LV.
"T.J. is just one of a kind," said Dupree. "You see it each and every week. Week in and week out. He is an animal. He is going to come in every day and prepare like it's the Super Bowl each and every day. He is going to want to do extra work after practice, see different stuff on film with the coaches, maybe pick a couple of people on the team's brain, what they saw during the week that we didn't get a chance to see. He is always prepared and that is why he plays the way he does."