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Cousins eager to play Saturday, but quick return appears unlikely

Oniel Cousins said he hopes to return in time for Saturday night's preseason contest against the New York Giants. But the offensive tackle also said his body's recovery from a concussion will have the final say.

"Well, I was trying to," Cousins said Wednesday of his plan to play against New York. "That's always my mentality, but if not, then I'm just going to take it day-by-day. Like I said, I feel a little bit better today. Hopefully, tomorrow, I'll feel a little bit better, and if not, then I'll be ready to roll for the next game."

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Cousins has not practiced since Aug. 18 when he was carted off the practice field at McDaniel College in Westminster. Cousins, who had started at right tackle in the team's preseason opener against the Carolina Panthers on Aug. 12, has since been dealing with symptoms stemming from a concussion that includes headaches and a sensitivity to light.

"You get headaches, and you kind of lose your memory for a little bit, and you just continually have migraines," he said of suffering from a concussion. "It's kind of hard to focus in on the target and the lights, the bright lights on the camera and everything. But like I said, I'm improving and I'm feeling a little bit better and better every day. So hopefully, I can be able to go this Saturday night. If not, I'll be ready for the next game."

Without Jared Gaither and Cousins, the team elected at start Tony Moll at right tackle against the Washington Redskins Saturday night. Cousins is itching to return, but he also understands the NFL's policy on protecting players dealing with concussions.

"I'm trying to go back out there, but I know that if I try to go back out there, I wouldn't be healthy," he said. "I would be making myself worse. Obviously, it's something dangerous and something that takes time. Like I said, I'm just going to continue to do what they tell me to and just continue to rest my brain and heal every day.

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