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Kemoeatu rehabbing for return in 2010

Carolina Panthers defensive tackle Maake Kemoeatu suffered a torn Achilles tendon in August, forcing him to miss the entire 2009 season and perhaps putting his career in jeopardy beyond that.

But Darin Gantt of the Rock Hill Herald reports that Kemoeatu, who needed one surgery to repair his Achilles and another to help the wound heal properly, is making progress in a very difficult rehabilitation process.

“Everything’s going great, but it’s very painful for him,” Kemoeatu’s agent Ken Vierra said. “They’re working him pretty hard. Right now, he’s got to pay the price. He’s getting the musculature back, breaking up the scar tissue, and that’s a painful process.”

More than six months after the injury, Kemoeatu is currently described as “several weeks” away from being ready to jog on a treadmill. So he’s certainly not close to being back on the field.
But the enormous Kemoeatu is keeping his weight in check — by his standards — by staying under 370 pounds.

If he can return to the field healthy in 2010, his huge presence in the middle of the defensive line will be a big help to the Panthers.

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3 Responses to “Kemoeatu rehabbing for return in 2010”
  1. Bravesfan4life88 says: Feb 14, 2010 1:51 PM

    Why does no one mention the 9.3 Mil bonus Kemoeatu is due in early march? Theres no way he isn’t cut before then.

  2. Pantherfan10 says: Feb 14, 2010 5:56 PM

    Bravesfan4life88 says:
    February 14, 2010 1:51 PM
    Why does no one mention the 9.3 Mil bonus Kemoeatu is due in early march? Theres no way he isn’t cut before then.
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    You sir have hit the nail on the head. Everyone says Peppers is overpaid but always seem to look past Kemoeatu.
    I think with all the aquisitions they made throughout the season, and how well they played, they could do just fine without Kemoeatu. Its just a matter of the new guys getting acclimated to our system.
    If they resign Tank Tyler he could easily be our big guy in the middle

  3. BigMikey says: Feb 14, 2010 6:25 PM

    Doesn’t matter if he’s down to a lean 325 and running windsprints, the Panthers need to find a stud DT.

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