Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion was at football practice Thursday, a day after knee surgery, without a pronounced limp or crutches.
Mannion had a 30-minute procedure to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee Wednesday, and was back in the Valley Football Center doing rehab and watching video with his replacement Cody Vaz that afternoon.
He walked around the field, signaled in plays to Vaz and talked with coach Mike Riley about the plays.
“I’m amazed that he’s out here, and how well he’s doing,” Riley said.
Mannion is eager to get back on the field as soon as possible, but wouldn’t say when he would try. He listed himself as day-to-day.
“I’m taking it a day at a time, and will do everything I can to get back,” Mannion said. “It didn’t take me too long to start the recovery process. I’ll do all I possibly can to get back as quickly as possible, but I’ll listen to the trainers and what they are saying.”
Mannion’s spirits were positive again. He needed time to emotionally deal with the setback earlier in the week.
He had led the Beavers to a top-10 ranking, a 4-0 start and ranks as the second-best passer in the Pacific-12 Conference going into the weekend at 339.5 yards a game.
“I feel good, and talking with the surgeon after the operation he said it couldn’t have gone any better,” Mannion said. “Obviously, it was a huge bummer to know I had to have surgery. But ever since then, everything I’ve heard has been real good news.”
Mannion was told his meniscus might have been damaged previously, and getting his foot caught in the turf Saturday on a handoff aggravated the problem.