Tennessee Titans' Bud Dupree says right knee is 'all the way back' after ACL surgery
Dupree suffered a torn ACL in December 2020 and spent much of last season recovering.
The outside linebacker played the first two games of the 2021 season before sitting out the following two. He said on Tuesday that it wasn’t until the final game of the 2021 season that his knee really began to feel better.
Dupree previously said that he came back from the injury too soon.
“Your mind is telling you one thing, but your body is telling you another,” Dupree said on Tuesday.
During his rehabilitation process, Dupree spent time working with pass rush trainer Chuck Smith, known as “Dr. Rush.” Dupree said he goes to Smith for help on his foundation pieces, which have been a focus of his while he was rehabbing.
“The focus this offseason has been getting my mobility back in my knee, getting my bend back in my stance,” Dupree said. “Things that were fundamental prior to the injury, but you’ve got to make sure you continue to do those things coming back to retrain the brain.”
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The Titans signed Dupree to a five-year, $85 million contract in March 2021, just a few months after Dupree’s injury, which he sustained while playing for the Steelers.
Titans head coach Mike Vrabel said it’s hard to physically evaluate the front seven in minicamp due to its non-contact nature. Still, Dupree arrived in good spirits and with a “great attitude,” Vrabel said.
This offseason, Dupree is back to his normal offseason routine, rather than having to focus on rehabbing his knee. He said he no longer has to worry about what he can and can’t do. Instead, Dupree is playing with renewed confidence.
“My confidence is at a different level,” Dupree said. “That’s what it takes to play the game — having confidence at a different level.”