Joe Looney recovering from Lisfranc fracture, learning right guard

SANTA CLARA – Fourth round pick Joe Looney spoke to reporters after Jason Slowey this afternoon. Looney suffered a Lisfranc fracture at the Senior Bowl in January which required surgery. He’s still rehabbing, and today he discussed how that process is going, what he’s doing in the meantime and what position on the offensive line he will play once he returns. Here’s a transcript.

Q: What are you doing these days?

LOONEY: I’m just out here working. When they give me the go, I’m going to be ready to practice.

Q: Do you have any idea what that timeline looks like?

LOONEY: I’m not really looking at the timeline. I’m just taking it day-by-day, doing what they tell me to do.

Q: With the severity of that injury, when it happened did you know this could severely impact your rookie season?

LOONEY: I didn’t really know much about the injury when it first happened, but I wasn’t really thinking about that. My agent told me some wise words – control what I can control, and that’s hit rehab every day as hard as I can and that’s what I’ve been doing.

Q: Did you require surgery?

LOONEY: Yes I did.

Q: What can you do now that will give you the best chance to hit the ground running when you’re fully cleared to return?

LOONEY: Getting in my playbook, making sure I’m on top of that mentally. Just every day showing up ready to do extra work.

Q: Are you studying both guard spots?

LOONEY: Yes.

Q: Do you have an idea which spot and which team you’ll be practicing with?

LOONEY: I don’t know which team but I think I’ll be playing right guard.

Q: Are you able to run now?

LOONEY: Yeah, I’m running around. I’m running every day.

Q: Do you have confidence right now in your grasp of the playbook and your protections and everything you need to know?

LOONEY: Yeah, I think (offensive line) Coach (Mike) Solari and (offensive line) Coach (Tim) Drevno do a great job sitting down with us and making sure we understand every call we have to make.

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