Pharaoh Brown’s road to recovery recently led him to a boat dock.

Once there, he hopped on a wakeboard, “where rehab and fun meets.”

A video of his wave-riding session, posted on his Instagram account Wednesday evening, offers a latest glimpse into Brown’s recovery from a massive knee and leg injury suffered Nov. 8 at Utah. The injury was so severe it could have required amputation had its complications not been caught early by Oregon’s athletic medicine staff and doctors at the Salt Lake City hospital where he was taken in an ambulance after Oregon’s victory against the Utes.

The injury ended a promising junior season in which Brown finished with 25 catches for 420 yards and six touchdowns — one off the team-high — in 10 games.

Brown’s recovery began slow, with multiple surgeries in two months keeping him largely bed-ridden, but quickly accelerated by winter. He said he was one month ahead of schedule by February, when he began to first walk under his own power.

Five months after he ditched his crutches, Brown appeared stable, even relaxed, on the wakeboard in his video.

“My new hobby,” he wrote in a caption. “Just my 2nd time on the board. … The legs and balance and core strength coming back.”

Brown’s return to football isn’t as clear as the progress in his recovery. A senior, Brown has two years to play one because he has yet to redshirt. Neither he nor Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich have definitively offered a timetable for his return, preferring to let his recovery finish first, though Brown did say in April, “I will play football again.”

“We anticipate him to work his tail off to get back out there as fast as possible,” Helfrich said in June. “No idea (on when he might return). We try not to ever set a parameter either way on that. … I anticipate him to be fantastic when he’s back out there.”

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