The Washington Times - October 11, 2012, 12:39PM

Jammal Brown was upbeat on Thursday morning. He bounced from the weight room to the trainer’s room with a smile on his face. His surgically-repaired left hip is improving, and the right tackle is optimistic he can return to game action on Nov. 18.

Brown, who is on the physically-unable-to-perform list, had a torn hip ligament removed from his body during surgery on Aug. 23. The torn ligament had gotten “stuck in the hip” and was causing Brown pain, he said. It wasn’t discovered in an MRI; a specialist identified that problem during surgery


“After the surgery, about four days later, it was amazing,” Brown said. “Once he got it out, I could do everything all over again. Get off the crutches sooner than I was supposed to. I’m ahead of schedule right now. I just got to keep going.”

Brown, 31, has suffered from left hip pain for a while now. He missed the 2009 season with New Orleans while recovering from surgery to repair a torn labrum. Scar tissue hindered his mobility and caused pain in the years that followed.

Then he tore the hip ligament during conditioning drills on July 25, the day the Redskins reported to training camp.

A doctor initially did not recommend surgery, but eventually that changed.

“They was afraid that the structure of my hip, something was wrong, but everything structurally, the labrum, everything was fine,” Brown said. “I could have torn that same [ligament] and probably not even known that it was torn, but the fact that it got stuck in the hip and my movement, from me squatting and doing a bunch of that, it worked its way in there, and that’s what was causing all the pain.”

Brown is eligible to begin practicing between Tuesday and Nov. 6. Once he begins practicing, the Redskins would have 21 days to add him to their active roster. Coach Mike Shanahan hopes Brown will be healthy enough to play the first game after the bye week, which is Nov. 18 at home against Philadelphia.

He was the first-string right tackle entering training camp. Right tackle Tyler Polumbus has started in his place.

Brown is not doing any of the yoga or pilates he did during the offseason. He’s following a strength and rehabilitation program at Redskins Park.

He revisited the doctor last week, which fostered optimism.

“He told me I was way ahead of schedule, but now he just wants to be cautious,” Brown said. “I guess he was nervous that I was recovering so fast, but ain’t nothing structurally done, so I can just keep pushing.”