After missing weeks 4-13 of the regular season due to a knee injury, rookie cornerback Antrel Rolle
is expected to return to the field this Sunday when the Washington Redskins
travel to Arizona. Catch up with Rolle to catch his thoughts on his return and see what he feels he can add to the Cardinals secondary for the final four games of the season.
How are you feeling?
“I’m feeling good right now. I’m getting back into the mix of things with the guys and with the team. I’m feeling pretty good now.”
Was it nice to be back home in Miami rehabbing and having the support of your family?
“Absolutely, I think that was a great plus and it helped me push just that much harder. It was nice to know if I had any problems there would be someone to come get me. I think it was a definite plus. We worked hard and the chemistry I had with the rehab guys down there, and the physical therapist was great and I was just put able to put more pressure on myself.”
What was the hardest part about being away for you?
“The hardest part was being away from the game and being away from my teammates. It’s hard being restricted from doing what you love to do each and every day, so that was the hardest part for me.”
Did it feel good to go back on the road with the team to San Francisco last week?
“No, it did not feel good. It was pretty much torture. When I was at home I knew I couldn’t play and there wasn’t anything that I could do to speed up the process to play and I was taking it pretty well. Then I got out here and I went to the Jacksonville game and then went to San Fran with the team and it was miserable. Coach Solomon came up to me and said he couldn’t tell if I was happy the team won and I told him that it wasn’t that I wasn’t happy. I just have a lot of things going through my mind and it is hard to not be out there with the guys.”
How do you think some of the other players that have stepped in for injured guys like yourself have done this year?
“We have had a lot of guys go down with injuries this season but there have been a lot of guys who have stepped up. Eric Green is playing well at the corner position and he is doing everything he needs to do. That is great for us because when guys like myself go down or any other guy goes down, you need to have someone that has a strong enough back bone to come in and fill your spot and do just as good of a job or an even better job than you were doing before. It is a plus all the way around and this team has great unity and we always try to help each other out.”
The defense has shown improvement the past couple of weeks, what do you attribute some of that success to?
“I think it is just wanting it. Whoever wants it the most is going to get it. Those guys are just determined to make plays and they try their hardest to go out there and be destructive. It has been paying off for them. Guys have been going out there and attacking the ball like monsters. They have been playing great together as a team and that is the bottom line and that is what it is going to take to have success.”
What do you feel you can add to the secondary as you return to the line up for the final four games of the season?
“I’m going to be jacked up. Just to be able to suit up and go out onto the field, I’m going to be on cloud nine. I’m going to tell everyone else just to match my intensity and I’m going to give it all I got and I know they are going to give me the same thing.”
What are you most looking forward to in your return to game action?
“This is going to be a great week to come back. I’m going to play against a bunch of my fellow Hurricanes on the Washington side of the ball. I’m sure there is going to be a lot of trash talking going on from both sides of the field but at the same time there is going to be a lot of love shown out there as well. I’m excited to be back out there with my guys and clocking heads together.”