An upbeat Greg Warren was back on Monday after having surgery to repair his meniscus, injured last week during practice against the Buffalo Bills.
"I was blocking and braced on it and it popped," said Warren, who has been a mainstay at long snapper for the team since 2005. "I knew something was abnormal when it happened."
Warren was walking around without the aid of crutches, and is hoping to be back in the four-week time frame initially expected.
"That is what heard," said Warren. "I am just going to follow the treatment protocol and see where it lands me."
Warren suffered knee injuries in 2008 and 2009, including his ACL, but is happy this time around it wasn't as bad, something he realized right away.
"I think it could have been a lot worse," said Warren. "I think after the surgery they were happy with how it went.
"The ACL is a very distinct feel. When it happened it didn't feel the same, but I didn't know if the second go around might be different. I was happy it wasn't. I have had two knee injuries before this. It's just one of those things. I think it just happens. Sometimes your body is put in positions where it's not the most natural and you get injuries."
In Warren's absence the team is using newly signed long snapper Luke Ingram and Bryce Davis, who was signed as a long snapper and tight end in the offseason.