Quotable Monday: Where Akeem Ayers had two offseason knee surgeries

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Akeem Ayers is coming off his worst season as a pro, with his numbers down across the board.

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
Year Tm Pos G GS Sk Int Yds Lng PD FF FR TD Tkl Ast
2011 TEN LB 16 16 2.0 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 50 26
2012 TEN mlb/SLB 16 13 6.0 1 2 2 8 1 0 0 66 38
2013 TEN SLB 16 14 1.0 1 5 5 5 1 0 0 37 12
Career 48 43 9.0 2 7 5 15 3 1 0 153 76
Provided by Pro-Football-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 6/2/2014.

The sudden plummet can at least partially be attributed to nagging knee issues.

As Ayers explained to John Glennon of the Tennessean:

“Both of them were damaged, so I had to get both of them cleaned and repaired,” Ayers told Glennon. “It started with my right knee and then when I injured the right knee, I started compensating for it a lot and eventually damaged the left knee …

“It was actually pretty bad even before the season started. I didn’t know the severity of the injury until pretty much after the season. I pretty much thought it was soreness or pain that would eventually go away.”

We’ll soon see if the stud linebacker can return to form.

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