FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The Falcons lost starting strong safety Keanu Neal during their season-opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. He went down early on in the game with an apparent knee injury but came back in leaving hope the injury wasn't a significant one.
That wasn't the case.
Neal tore his ACL, was subsequently placed on injured reserve and missed the entire 2018 season.
The former first-round pick began running this week, nearly four months after that Week 1 loss in Philadelphia.
"You just have to appreciate the small victories," Neal said. "You can't look too far into the future. You just have to take it a day at a time. You just have to appreciate the little things."
Neal wouldn't put a timetable on when he's expected to be back at full strength, but did say that he's focused on taking his rehab process one day at a time.
"I'm doing everything can," Neal said. "Just working taking it a day at a time. Treating rehab like practice."