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