Byron Leftwich said today he injured his ribs on the first sack in the first quarter, not when he rolled into the end zone after his touchdown. And he said the injury had no effect on any throw he made during the game against the Baltimore Ravens.
Leftwich also said he never considered taking himself out of the game because he didn’t know the extent of the injury.
“I didn’t know it was that,” Leftwich said. “I felt it, it was painful, but I’ve been out there on that football field with way worse than that.
“It didn’t feel that bad. I won’t use it as an excuse on any pass. I did it in the first quarter – that says everything right there. I was still able to throw the ball. It got painful as game went on, on certain hits.”
Especially the last sack?
“No, that helped me,” Leftwich said. “It put me in a good place.”
Here’s what else Leftwich had to say:
On whether he hurt his shoulder when he rolled into the end zone: “My arm never hurt.”
On how long he might be out: “Hopefully a week. I have to start throwing again. I don’t have an actual time table. You have to let it heal. I’m still trying to find out what that means. I don’t think it will be too long.”
“Right now, it’s hard to do anything. That’s what happens in football. I had enough adrenaline at the time. It didn’t affect those balls. It didn’t affect those throws. I just wish I could’ve found another way to make another play here and there to win the game.”
On the injury itself: “It’s not a good injury, I know that. I don’t wish it on nobody. You’d be amazed what u can’t do.”
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