Sam Hubbard Sheds Light on Offseason Ankle Surgery: 'Excited to be Back With The Guys'

Hubbard had a couple of things to fix.
Jan 7, 2024; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard (94) waves to fans
Jan 7, 2024; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard (94) waves to fans / Katie Stratman-USA TODAY Sports
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CINCINNATI —  Bengals defensive end Sam Hubbard had more extensive surgery than previously reported this offseason as he winds down the final month of rehab.

Hubbard noted it was a TightRope and deltoid procedure to fully repair his injured ankle.

"There was a lot of instability (in the ankle) that we found out later," Hubbard said to reporters."Probably should have been fixed earlier, but you didn't know until we went in there and got the X-Ray."

The veteran decided to be there for his teammates amidst Joe Burrow's season-ending wrist injury.

"I kind of wanted to just be out there and was doing the best I could," Hubbard said about his choice to play through the pain. "I did want to burn that film from the back half of the year, but I'm going to get back to my old self. Got a long offseason of work ahead and I'm excited to be back with the guys."

Commitment like that has helped breed a fantastic locker room environment as Hubbard continues to be a catalyst for success on that front and on the field.

"Thankful that I made it out with no cartilage damage and stuff like that, but it's all fixed," Hubbard said.

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