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Joe Gibbs Racing | Denny Hamlin expecting speedy recovery

Joe Gibbs Racing driver Denny Hamlin (back) is expecting his body to do "superhuman things" and heal the compression fracture in his back in under the projected six-week timetable. Hamlin is eyeing a return as soon as three weeks at Richmond International Raceway, but he knows he also must be patient and not rush back. "Since I already have my spine broken up into two pieces, if you get in another wreck, those pieces will then shatter and get into your spinal cord and you have paralysis issues," Hamlin explained. He won't have a clearer picture of his progress for another few weeks when doctors take a scan of his back.

Fantasy Tip: Hamlin is probably just being competitive and unrealistically optimistic here, so don't get your hopes up that he'll return in just three weeks. Without Hamlin to choose from for your fantasy lineup, though, there are plenty of other solid options on a weekly basis.

2013-04-04 09:28:54 | Source: ESPN.com - Marty Smith

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