His ankle is sore and so is his neck, but Darnell Dockett was emphatic – he’s not about to complain. Not when he sees guys like the Bengals’ Antwan Odom.
Odom was the NFL’s sack leader with eight in six games before tearing his Achilles’ tendon, ending his season.
“I have a different outlook on life and football this year,” Dockett said. “I look at (Odom) … so I’m not going to sit back and say my situation is worse. I am going to be thankful. I’ve got a sore neck, a sore ankle, but you know what? I know for a fact on Sunday I will be ready.
“That is something (Odom) can’t do. I am thankful for a lot of little things. And my team, we’re winning right now and we’re going to bounce back. That’s one thing I know for sure about my team, we will bounce back. We respond well after getting our (butt) whipped.”
Dockett did lament the frequency of being double-teamed – he said it was more than half the time – but added that it was opening up opportunities for teammates like end
More importantly, Dockett wants to be there for his team. He’s started 72 straight games and 86 of 87. He hasn’t missed a game since arriving in the NFL.
There will be payback from his body, and Dockett knows it. Ask him about if he thinks about how he will be in 20 years, Dockett said “Hell yeah,” before adding, “Twenty years? I think about it the following week.”
“I know for a fact I am going to be struggling later on down the road,” Dockett added. “But it’s funny. I can be so beat up on Wednesday and Thursday and I push through practice but on Sunday, it’s like ‘My team needs me. They need that force.’ And I just hit a switch and go play.”
BOLDIN REMAINS OUT; HAYES, DOCKETT LIMITED
Coach Ken Whisenhunt didn’t sound worried that either Dockett or linebacker
If Hayes can’t go, he would be replaced by
“Obviously we don’t have any prejudice against (small stature),” Whisenhunt said, noting guys like
The other limited players Thursday were safety
TIGHTER RACE AT TIGHT END
“It is difficult to carry four tight ends,” Whisenhunt said. “You are always juggling those types of personnel decisions. … I like the guys we have there and after last year, when we had a rash of injuries at that position, it makes you think.”
CAMPBELL LOSES A HALF-SACK, OKEAFOR GAINS