Hyderabad, India (PressExposure) July 20, 2011 -- NFL Picks News: Green Bay Packers wide receiver Donald Driver has revealed the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Monday that the ankle and knee injuries suffered Super Bowl XLV was much worse than originally thought.
The ankle injury, initially diagnosed as a sprain - and lockouts - forced 12-year veteran wearing a walking boot for two months.
"You hear sprain and think, three, four, maybe five weeks," said Driver, adding he experienced shooting pain from the knee down to the ankle.
"It just didn't feel right. Then when I saw it on film -- the hit -- it was like what (running back) Ryan Grant sustained early in the year. Mine was exactly the same, or worse. I just didn't understand how my leg or my ankle could snap in half."
So Driver, 36, who has done three times a Pro Bowl selection rabid offseason workout treatment, was to take it easy, something blocking helped to facilitate.
"I did exactly what they wanted me to do. I didn't try to rush the healing process," Driver said. "The lockout gave me the opportunity to heal and not try to rush back to prove to people or prove to the media I'm not done yet.
"If I didn't show up for OTAs, and I'm hurt and everything, people would say I may be winding down.
"It always seems like every year I've got to go in and I've got to prove myself. At this point, I am the starter and no one can take that from me."
Driver, 36, has seven 1,000-yard seasons and is only 41 meters to become the Packers all time leader in receiving yards. Despite the wounds of the Super Bowl, and a quadriceps injury sustained earlier in the year 2010, resolution of lead is stronger than ever.
"I know I can play at a high level," Driver said. "I'm going back to have fun. I have two years left on my contract; I want to play those two years out -- as a starter."
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