For Ryan Broyles, the second rehab has gone a lot smoother.

When the Lions wide receiver tore the ACL in his right knee last December, he knew exactly what kind of painstaking recovery he was in for because he’d already suffered the same injury in his left knee.

But just six months and one week after surgery, Broyles returned for Lions minicamp this week and participated fully all three days, and although he’ll use the six-week break to continue rehab and strengthen small muscles in his right knee, Broyles expects to be ready for the 2013 season.

“I’m out there doing full practices right now so in a couple months I feel like I’ll be pretty good,” said Broyles, adding he’s going full blast in the weight room. “You don’t really know what your body’s going to feel like until you go out there. I’m just going to continue to ride it out.”

Broyles, a second-round pick in 2012, tore the ACL in his left knee during his senior year at Oklahoma in November 2011. Knowing he needed to bounce back to improve his draft stock, Broyles tried to speed up his recovery from an injury that typically takes six to nine months.

“It was more sped up last time,” he said. “I had to get ready for the combine. I was out there sprinting 3½ months after surgery. This time around it’s six months, and I’m going full go so I feel good about it.”

Broyles only did some individual drills during OTAs, but six months and one week after the most recent surgery, he was a full participant in minicamp and credits the first experience for his improved recovery.

“Last year I didn’t know what to expect,” he said. “Doctors will tell you things, but you don’t really know how your body’s going to react. This time around I know where I can push and where I can chill a little bit.”

Broyles played in Week 3 of his rookie year, but didn’t catch a pass until Week 7 when he had three catches for 51 yards and a touchdown. His increased playing time was a direct result of wide receiver Nate Burleson breaking his leg in that game.