Throwing the ball away or sacrificing yards for his health goes against his competitive drive.
He watched video of the play on which he was injured and said he should have thrown the ball away or run out of bounds. That’s clear in hindsight, but what about on the field when split-second decisions determine whether he can walk back to the huddle for the next play?
“I ran out of bounds today at practice,” he said. “I imitated a slide and got a huge cheer from the team. It’s just something I have to make myself of aware of it, conscious. It’s not about being soft. I don’t have anything to prove to anybody.
“Everyone knows I’m a tough guy. I promised I’d get up from hits like that, and I did get up. I kept that promise, and I don’t have anything to prove. So it’s just about getting the yards, and if you have to live to play another down, then you live to play another down.”
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