“The only strange part about last week was actually going through all the walkthroughs and then going through warm-ups and then finally realizing that I couldn’t play because the night before and that same day I thought I was going to be playing.
“I tried to ease my mind off it, but as I started to progress more and more in walkthrough, my mouth wouldn’t participate – it started to swell up. When the coach finally sat me down, I was miserable.
“I think the last time I sat out of a game was my junior year when I got my first concussion, but that was one game and I was miserable then. After that, I was like, ‘Man, I will never sit out another game if it was my choice.’
“It hurt me more not to go out there and help my teammates than my tooth did. I felt really bad. I was kind of down on myself. Actually, I still am down on myself. I’ve got a lot to prove this week.
“Coach changing up the schedule sparks us up a little bit. With the way the season has been going, it doesn’t make sense to keep repeating the same routine and everything. I think what he’s doing is very smart. Health-wise, too, it gives us a lot of rest and it helps us focus more on the opponent than ourselves.
“I did watch the Monday Night game. They lost, unfortunately, but they’re still a great team. The record doesn’t give them enough credit for how good they are, really. Both of us have records we would rather not have, but we’re both NFL teams and we’re going to go out there and give it our best – may the best team win.
“One of the biggest things the coaches stress is to not look at a record. We can’t underestimate anybody. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter about the record. It matters how many points we put on the board, how many minutes we’re going to play, how many plays we’re going to execute while we’re out there. So I think it’s important that we focus more on ourselves and not the opponent.”
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