"I'm doing pretty well. Things have started to move along in the right direction," Frederick told 105.3 The Fan on Tuesday. "I'm not sure if I'm going to be able to play football at this point this year, but I feel very good about where I'm headed moving into next year."
Arguably the best center in football, Frederick was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome, a disorder in which the immune system attacks the body's nervous system in response to illness, in August.
"I have certainly made progress, but at this point in the season, having not been able to do my football movements. ... even if I was 100 percent strength-wise to be able to come back and play. ... I'm still six or eight weeks out from that," Frederick said.
Given the unpredictability of the syndrome, it's impossible for any layperson to predict when Frederick will get his feeling back fully enough to see a football field. The 27-year-old's optimism about 2019, however, is a positive step.