How did your injury occur?

 

“I hit it on a helmet at practice on Monday.”

 

Have you injured your throwing hand before?

 

“I have. It was in high school actually. I fell down, got tackled,  (my) thumb went straight to the ground and bent backwards and I actually finished playing the same game.”

 

Coach Vitt told us the injury was a hairline fracture but that you should be fine when training camp opens. Is that how you understand it?

 

“Yes, the way I see it is that it’s a lot more of a sprain than a hairline fracture. When we saw the x-rays, there was a little bitty line right there, but literally it feels like a jammed thumb right now. The swelling has come down a lot. It’s getting better already and that’s a good thing.”

 

Coach also said that if you guys were practicing that it would sideline you two-and-a-half weeks. If this were the regular season, could you see yourself playing in a game?

 

“No doubt. I wanted to practice today, but they (coaching staff) thought, “Just sit out. Get the other guys some reps. You’ve done a great job.” It’s probably smart for me to not go and to give it some rest and the way I’ve seen it, it will give my shoulder some rest for giving me all those extra reps. I see it as a good thing. It’s going to be fine.”

 

This was a different OTA and minicamp for you than usual. Can you reflect on what you feel you accomplished and how it all went for you?

 

“I think it went as well as it could possibly go for me. I think the main thing that I was wanting to do was to get the confidence of my teammates. I think without a doubt, I’ve done that. The guys believe in me. They know I can run this offense and win in the NFL. Quite frankly, I think I can too. Do I have a long way to go? Absolutely, but I think this was the perfect opportunity for me to get into the type of offense we have, show the coaching staff and show my teammates, the players, that I can do it in a season if my name is called upon.”