As his teammates cleaned out their lockers and headed out of Flowery Branch for the last time in 2013, Kroy Biermann did something he hadn’t done since September. He walked around the Falcons locker room without the aid of crutches.
An Achilles injury and subsequent procedure derailed what looked to be a promising season in the spotlight for the veteran defensive end, taking him out of the Falcons’ locker room after just five quarters of football in the 2013 season. The season may have ended Sunday, but Monday marked the true return for him as he looks to the 2014 season.
“I couldn’t do nothing. That’s the worst thing. It’s out of your hands and it’s not by your choice,” Biermann said Monday. “I’m excited for this coming offseason. I know guys are going to be ready to work, get back on track and come in here with a new level of intensity and focus and ready to win.”
The past three months have been difficult for Biermann, not only as he recovered from a tough injury, but as he watched the Falcons battle their way to a 4-12 record.
The feelings of helplessness were the hardest on him as a defensive weapon with a skillset not many players can duplicate. Jonathan Massaquoi stepped up admirably for Biermann during his absence, but Biermann’s ability to rush the passer, play the run and cover are difficult for many players to imitate.
Biermann said he’s confident that he will be back to 100 percent soon enough and is encouraged by players who have returned from similar injuries in the past.
“I’m confident in my surgeon and (Director of Sports Medicine and Performance) Marty (Lauzon) here, (Head Strength and Conditioning Coach) AJ (Neibel), and I feel good,” Biermann said. “I feel where I should be, if not better than where I should be. I’m excited to continue coming back.”