Redskins cornerback Josh Norman is wearing a protective cast on his right wrist this week after injuring it in Baltimore as he prepares for the Eagles.
Redskins cornerback Josh Norman has been wearing a protective cast along his right wrist after he sprained it last Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.
During the last play of the first quarter, Norman dove to try and deflect a pass against wide receiver Breshad Perriman, who caught the ball just in front of Norman's reach but landed on top of the cornerback's hand and arm.
Norman writhed in pain for a couple of minutes before trainers helped him off the field. He would eventually return to the field and fight through the pain to finish the game.
That's what he's been doing this week as he prepares to play against the Eagles. While sitting out a game would certainly expedite the healing process, Norman didn't want to miss a game, especially against a division rival.
"That goes back to my mentality of not wanting to quit, not wanting to give up, not wanting to let these guys down," Norman said. "I'm going to do whatever I can to help them. I don't want to hurt nobody, hurt the team by not being out there so I want to do all I can to be ready for this week. This is a big week for us, it really is. I'm doing everything I can to be out there for it."
Head coach Jay Gruden said Norman will be ready for Sunday and said the cast is mostly so the wrist doesn't get banged during practice.
Check out these photos of the Redskins' defense and special teams preparing for their Week 6 game against the Philadelphia Eagles Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, at the Inova Sports Performance Center at Redskins Park.
Norman has gotten shots in the past to numb the pain, something he's thought about for his current situation. He said if the pain gets to a certain point, he will consider using one to get through the game, but doesn't expect the soreness to hamper any part of his style of play.
"I think when the ball comes to me I guess my god-given ability is going to have to take place," Norman said. "I don't know what happened, but if the ball's there I'm going to go for it. I'm not going to shy away from it and just say knock it down or use one hand. I'm going to go like I've been always trained to do as a [defensive back], go two hands and eyes point and we'll see what happens."
The intensity on Sunday will certainly help keep his mind off his wrist. Norman said the fans, especially in a divisional game, get his juice flowing, providing an adrenaline rush that will certainly aid the symptoms he's experiencing.
"I think adrenaline is everything," Norman said. "I think the rise and the fall of it and just, I don't know man, just trying to win. I think that's any means, cause necessary, just try to win. If I can do that and just think about that and have my concentration on that, then don't worry about the pain and hurts and all that, then I'll be fine. I think that will carry me through. Say a prayer for it and the team will do that and let's hope before I go out there and we'll see what happens, man. I don't live my life by being slow at stuff. I go full speed, head on and see what kind of collusion I make."