Chris Carr conceded that being a healthy scratch for Sunday's win against the Houston Texans for the first time in his seven-year career was a sobering moment.
"Yeah, I was disappointed," he said. "But that's one of those things that at this point in my career and at this point in the season, it should be selfless. So I was upset, but I was like, 'OK, I have to gather my feelings and root for my team,' because the ultimate goal is to win a Super Bowl, and that's what we want to do. So yeah, I was upset because I'm a competitor and I want to be out there, but you definitely have to realize that it's bigger than you, it's bigger than any one player. So I just went out there and cheered for my teammates, and it looks like I'll be up this week."
Carr was sidelined seven games during the regular season due to hamstring and back injuries, but those concerns are no longer an issue. Defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano said he expects all 11 defensive backs to be active against quarterback Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Sunday's AFC championship game.
"We're going to need as many as you can [use]," Pagano said Thursday. "If they allow you to get some extra guys on the field, it's always good to have those guys up."