No timetable for Eric Fisher's return

Updated: April 21, 2014, 6:36 PM ET
By Adam Teicher | ESPN.com

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher had offseason surgery to repair his left shoulder and a sports hernia.

Fisher said on the first day of the Chiefs' offseason program that there is no timetable for his return, but he indicated he doesn't think his absence will be extended. The Chiefs begin full-squad offseason practice on May 27 and training camp in late July.

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Howard Smith/USA TODAY SportsChiefs left tackle Eric Fisher is recovering from offseason surgeries to repair his left shoulder and a sports hernia.

"When they tell me I'm cleared, I'll be out there doing my thing," he said.

But the Chiefs are obviously planning for Fisher to be ready and at full strength for the start of the regular season. The first pick in the 2013 NFL draft, Fisher played right tackle as a rookie, but the Chiefs recently installed him at left tackle.

"He's doing very well," coach Andy Reid said. "He's been here the whole offseason rehabbing and has made quite a bit of progress. He's doing all of his lower body work and rehabbing the shoulder, doing what he can with that part of it."

Though Fisher should be ready and at full strength for the start of the season, the surgeries are still a setback.

Fisher struggled in pass protection last season against bigger, more physical pass-rushers. He said late last year that one of his offseason goals was to get stronger in his upper body.

"I'm working out again," Fisher said. "The weight's coming back. I already weigh more than I reported at last year and I haven't even started lifting upper body yet.

"I'm lifting upper body, I'm just not lifting upper body like I really want to. Some stuff is limited. It's all part of the process."

Fisher missed three starts last season plus the playoff game against Indianapolis with various injuries involving his shoulder, head and groin.

"I'm really excited to have a complete body this season," Fisher said. "Hopefully I'm just knocking all these surgeries out my rookie year and I'll be done with them and it will be smooth sailing from here."

Adam Teicher

ESPN Kansas City Chiefs reporter

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