With the news that Dontari Poe had surgery for a herniated disc, I have been looking at how long others have been out with a herniated disc surgery to get an idea of how long Poe could be out. Keeping in mind that every player and their recovery is different, roughly three months is the timeline I keep seeing from others.
A former NFL team doctor responded to our Poe tweet with this:
Obviously he's not Poe's doctor and is just speculating but three months gives you a rough idea of what we're looking at here, barring any setbacks or amazing Eric Berry-like recovery times.
Poe will presumably be going on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. Players have to be put on the PUP list before taking a snap in training camp so Poe qualifies. The active / PUP list refers to those who are missing time in training camp while the reserve / PUP refers to those players who will miss the first six weeks of the regular season. You put him on PUP so that you can free up a roster spot in his absence.
Three months after Poe's surgery would be about Week 6 in the season. That seems like a good ballpark date for those wondering -- depending on how his rehab goes, of course.