New York Giants CB Aaron Ross has dealt with injuries for the majority of the past year, but that hasn’t stopped him from wanting to be on the field as soon as the team will allow it.
“I never been a cautious guy,” Ross said Friday. “I missed all of last year so I’m really anxious to play. I love the game so if I have to play with a little pain that’s what I’m willing to do as long as it doesn’t hurt the team.”
After missing all but four games last season due to lingering hamstring issues, Ross’s current ailment is plantar fasciitis – a foot injury.
“In the beginning it was really difficult. I couldn’t put my heel down. I couldn’t plant,” Ross said. “But this week I’ve been doing a lot day by day — 50 percent the first practice, 75 and the whole practice today. I’ve felt really good. It’s getting better and better every day, and I still have two more days, so don’t count me out.”
In the end, though, Ross realizes the decision to play isn’t fully in his hands.
“As a football player we play in pain all the time,” Ross said. “So if it’s just pain, then I’ll be ready for Week 1, but if it’s still injured and I hurt the team, then once again I can’t make that decision.”