After an emotionally draining moment laying on the ground knowing he had suffered a season-ending injury, Niles Paul is feeling better, back around his teammates and remains on his recovery timeline.
Niles Paul was in his comfort zone Tuesday afternoon as he was interviewed for a segment that will air on "Redskins Nation."
The fourth-year tight end – who suffered a season-ending ankle injury Aug. 13 against the Cleveland Browns – was back at Redskins Park alongside some of his teammates.
"It's good to be around my brothers again," Paul told host Larry Michael. "I really missed it."
The signs of his ankle injury are still certainly there, as his surgically repaired ankle is still covered by a neon green cast.
He also gets around by a cart similar to the ones others like DeAngelo Hall (Achilles) and Morgan Moses (Lisfranc) used last year following their lower body injuries.
"I feel a lot better," he said. "The surgery was a success. I got my neon green cast on. I'm back up here with the fellas. Of course [Darrel Young] DY and Shawn [Lauvao] all of them were texting me, 'Stay out the light, stay out the light.'"
The cast will be on for another three weeks, Paul said.
"Then I get to take it off and hopefully they'll have me in a small boot by then," he said. "And I can start living life again."
Paul was expected to make a climb in production this year after signing a new reported three-year deal just days before free agency began.
Already a special teams stalwart, Paul was also the No. 1 tight end on the team's first unofficial depth chart based on his all-around ability.
He even added double-digit weight to his frame to hold up better in protection.
Check out images of veteran tight end Niles Paul during the 2015 offseason.
With both Paul and Logan Paulsen (toe) out for the season, the burden falls on Jordan Reed to be the primary producer from the tight end position.
Reed, of course, was the team's top tight end over the last two seasons, but he also fell victim to an array of injuries during that span as well.
Paul is confident the third-year Florida product can shed the injury label that some have applied to him.
"You've seen it click over the last couple of weeks for J-Reed," Paul said. "He understands now with Logan and me out he really has to step up big, because the team has put more of a load on him from an all-around tight end perspective and I think he gets it. I expect a big year from J-Reed and I think he's gonna put up some amazing numbers."
As for Paul, expect him to remain active within the building and in the community while he continues his recovery.
"Like I told [head athletic trainer] Larry Hess, I'm losing my mind, it's hard," he said. "You go from a tight-knit schedule every day working out of practice to I don't know what to do with myself at home. So I told him I want to stay busy, I want to do whatever I can to stay active amongst the Redskins."