Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin had surgery about two weeks ago to repair a slightly torn meniscus in his knee. But what many did not know until recently is that Boldin has been battling the injury much longer than the past two weeks.
On Thursday, Boldin told the media that he has played through a partially torn meniscus for the entire season, and he only opted to get surgery to repair the knee after it worsened following the Ravens’ 34-14 loss to San Diego on Dec. 18.
“I played with it partially torn all year,” Boldin said, via MASNSports.com. “I just felt like I’d just play until it (tore), and that’s what it did. It tore enough to where it flipped up and my knee started catching. I couldn’t run or anything like that. Felt it necessary to go ahead and get it taken care of.
Boldin, known for his toughness, was back running around in practice just eight short days after the procedure.
It’s been an up and down season for the nine-year veteran, as Boldin has recorded 57 receptions for 887 yards and three touchdowns.
Boldin missed the team’s final two regular season games, but the Ravens were able to earn victories both of those weeks and lock up a first-round bye, which has given the 31-year-old extra time to recover from the surgery.
Now, he’ll work his way back into the offense with the hopes of returning to the Super Bowl for the second time in his career.
“I think we like where we’re sitting right now,” Boldin said. “Got an opportunity to get a bye, get some guys around the locker room healthy and we’ve got a home game. I think everybody around here’s been looking forward to that for a number of years. So we’ll take care of business when the time comes.”