SAN JOSE -- Wide receiver Noel Grigsby could return if San Jose State is selected for a bowl game.
Grigsby has missed the past 10 games after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, but coach Ron Caragher thinks he could play if the Spartans receive a bowl invitation.
"I feel good about it," Caragher said. "My understanding from the athletic training group is everything is being picked up so that'd be really exciting to get Noel back to cap off a great career."
Grigsby is hopeful about his chances to play, but also remains cautious.
"I would like to say yes, but unfortunately it would be out of my hands," he said. "It depends on how my body reacts and what the trainers tell me. I'm not going to do anything that they wouldn't tell me I'm able to do.
Grigsby had surgery Sept. 24 and was told the recovery time was three to four months. The first possible date for a bowl game would be just less than three months later on Dec. 21.
He's increased his workload in his rehabilitation, adding resistance and reaction work and feel's he is progressing.
"I'm encouraged," Grigsby said. "Just in the past couple of weeks I've made strides and I'm ahead of schedule."
At the time of his injury, Grigsby ranked first on SJSU's career lists with 237 catches and 3,121 yards and second with 17 touchdowns. He's since been passed in receptions by teammate Chandler Jones, who has 248. Jones also now owns the career touchdowns mark with 29 and is on Grigsby' heels for yards with 3,087.
But now, there's a chance Grigsby could add to his numbers. He likely wouldn't be 100 percent, but Grigsby has maintained that he'd love to suit up just one more time. He's not eligible for a medical redshirt.
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