Arizona Cardinals cornerback Justin Bethel had offseason surgery on his left foot for an injury the public didn't know about. He is making his way back.
He told reporters on Tuesday after practice he got his walking boot off last week and is beginning to "do some light treadmill work" and can "start getting into running" soon.
He is glad to have the boot off.
According to what he told Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, he suffered the foot fracture at some point last season, although he did not miss a game in the regular season or the postseason.
He had to manage the pain last season. “It would come and go. I knew it was there, and certain things would bother it, but I tried to not let it affect me too much,” he said.
He is now pain free and will be ready "for sure by training camp."
In the meantime, he is getting in mental reps and helping out the younger players. He is not as vocal as Patrick Peterson in his coaching. Even without being on the field, he can "see every play, diagnose plays and go through simulations in my head."
Bethel is expected to be a starter this season. If he is healthy and ready for training camp, hopefully he gets the reps he needs to do his job.