"It hurt the first couple of days because it took some getting used to,'' Garrison said. "While I'm in it it just feels kind of heavy and I can't open up as much as I want. But after a few days I got used to it.''
Like anyone who has come back from reconstructive knee surgery, Garrison is naturally cautious. But he also wishes sometimes everyone would just forget about his knee and just let him play. Wearing the knee brace is one example.
"Sometimes I think it is [necessary to wear it], but at the same time I don't,'' Garrison said. "There are some days when I think I'm going to need it, that I'm just not feeling [good]. But there are days when I feel fine without it. But those guys know what they're doing and I trust them. They know what I need to do to be OK.''
With all the talk about Garrison talking hits and bouncing back up, sometimes lost in the discussion is the fact that it wasn't a hit that sent him to surgery. He wasn't cut down from the side or rolled onto by some massive lineman or a charging linebacker.
He simply planted his foot and cut and the knee went out.
That's perhaps the hardest thing Garrison has to deal with. He doesn't much worry about getting hit now after it's happened a few times, but there is always the concern that when he makes that same cut - or any cut, for that matter - something might happen again.
"I've been working on my confidence, but I get a little nervous when I'm making a cut,'' Garrison said. "But once I make that first cut it's like, 'All right, I can do this.' I can't worry about it.
"It's still in the back of my mind, but I just have to work through it. I've been fighting through it for the last six or seven months.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com or follow him at Twitter.com/dphickman1.