Chargers have activated SS Brandon Taylor (torn ACL) from PUP. First practice since January reconstruction surgery.— Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) August 2, 2013
So, I guess I was wrong. Richard and Gehlken were right. Brandon Taylor is back, and I'm assuming he will compete with Marcus Gilchrist for the starting Strong Safety position.
I always thought that recovery from a torn ACL took 8-12 months, and more than that until a player is comfortable running on the leg, but apparently Taylor did it in seven months.
Being activated from the physically-unable-to-perform (PUP) list is a sign that the Chargers believe Taylor is ready to contribute to the team now, which is nuts when you think about it. If the team has two miraculous comebacks from torn ACLs in the same year, their training staff deserves a medal.