Maddox speaks about the injury, the future

<b> Tommy Maddox</b><br> <b><i> What's your mindset like right now?</i></b><br> I'm just trying to battle through it. There's not a whole lot I can do about it except rest and let that tear in the muscle heal. I just have to do the things I can, like help Ben prepare.

Did you know right away that something was pretty wrong?
Yeah. It didn't feel good right away and then I tried to throw one and there was just nothing there. I kind of had that feeling walking off the field. It's just one of those things that happens in the game.

Given what you've gone through to get back into the league, this must be especially troubling.
Whether you've gone through a lot or not, it's tough to deal with and tough to handle. You try to handle it the best you can and do the things you can to rehab. Whether you've gone through tough things or not, it's still something you don't want to have to deal with.

Has the second opinion altered anything we were told earlier in the week?
No. They felt the same way. It's an injury they've seen before and they're saying most likely it takes around six weeks.

Any other quarterbacks or players that you know of that have had this?
No. They just said in previous cases and I didn't ask any more than that.

How tough is it to cling to the positive that it could have been worse?
It could have been. Obviously not having to have surgery is a huge lift. That surgery, you're looking eight, 10, 12 months down the road before you can do anything. Not being able to throw for five or six weeks isn't bad considering that. But it's not something you want to go through, but there are a lot of things we go through that you don't want to. I'm just going to continue to work and try to help the team in any way I can and continue to help Ben get ready.

Will you be on the sidelines Sunday?
Yeah. I'll be on the sidelines and in meetings, trying to help him if he has questions.

Does doing that kind of stuff make it harder?
I've been through meetings and a walkthrough and it's already hard. It's hard not to be out there, it's hard not being able to do the things you probably take for granted. Throwing the football is not something I think about a whole lot and now, all of a sudden I can't do it. We'll be stronger in the end.

Do you expect to be the starter when you get back?
I was waiting for somebody to ask that. I'm not worried about that. I'm worried about this team going down to beat Miami. Whatever I can do to help that is what I'm going to do.

You've been told six weeks, might it be less than that?
Well I hope so. That's what they're saying, but who knows how it's going to heal? I hope it heals a lot more quickly than what they've seen. But we'll just have to wait and see.

It sure beats what you were probably feeling Sunday?
Yeah. From all indications, they thought I was going to have to have surgery on it. When I left there, I thought by this time of the week I'd have already had surgery. There's a silver lining to every cloud.

You were forced into play as a rookie, what was that like for you?
Obviously it was challenging, but it was also exciting. I know Ben's excited about the opportunity and like I said, I'm going to be there to answer any questions. I know he's excited about the opportunity and I think he'll go in there and do a good job.

What will you tell him before he asks you?
Just to go play. I think sometimes you get wrapped up in all of the details of it and worrying about this and that. Once you get out there on Sunday, just play the game the way you're been playing it. I think he'll do that and do a good job of it.

How long are you in a sling for?
I don't know. Through the end of this week and then we'll see from there.

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