POSTED: Nov 30, 2012 1:51 PM ET
Rubio met with reporters on Friday after being cleared by doctors to begin full-contact practices on his surgically repaired knee. He's been out since tearing the ACL and LCL on March 9.
He's still waiting to see how his knee responds to his first contact practice before setting a date to play in his first game.
Rubio says it's been difficult to be patient through the process, but he feels pleased to be slightly ahead of schedule.
He says "as soon as I'm ready, I want to play."