During knee rehab, Tiger talks with Gruden, Bucs 

August, 14, 2008
This week's news that Tiger Woods won't begin swinging a club until early 2009 shouldn't be met with much surprise. When Woods had surgery to repair his torn ACL just days after winning the U.S. Open in June, I heard rumors he planned on returning for his own Chevron World Challenge (formerly the Target) in December, in hopes of making his usual season debut at the Buick Invitational -- a homecoming of sorts after his momentous romp at the same Torrey Pines course.

If true, that was all wishful thinking.

Just because Woods often looks superhuman on the golf course doesn't mean he owns superhuman healing powers, too. There's no amount of stretching, biking or running that will make his knee -- or the related double stress fracture in his leg -- recover any quicker; in fact, too much stress on those injuries could be counterproductive, as could a return to hitting full swings too soon.

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ESPN Senior Writer