A fractured rib would probably slow an average person down for quite a while. Brent Celek is not an average person.
He’s going to play a football game on Sunday.
Celek, who sat out Wednesday’s practice to rest his ribs, was back at practice on Thursday as a limited participant and expects to play this Sunday against the Falcons at the Linc.
“I mean, it hurts, it’s pain,” Celek said. “But pain is pain. I can live with it. As long as it doesn’t kill me, make me stronger.”
Celek, 31, has battled through numerous injuries during his 10-year NFL career and has missed just one game. That came during 2012, when he missed one with a concussion. He hasn’t missed a game since, a streak of 58 straight.
“It’s just football, man,” Celek said. “It’s part of this game. You have injuries. You’re never going to feel 100 percent. But I’m alright. I’ll be good.”
Celek said he didn’t know on which play he suffered the injury against the Giants and declined to say if he fractured more than one rib. He didn’t want to give up any information the Falcons could use against him.
The veteran tight end doesn’t normally wear any protection around his ribs, but will obviously wear a flak jacket this weekend – “I don’t think it hinders my mobility at all,” he said.
While Celek was back at practice on Thursday, left guard Allen Barbre (hamstring) was not. Stefen Wisniewski is in line to start his second straight game.
Safety Terrence Brooks (hamstring) also missed Thursday’s practice, while Leodis McKelvin (hamstring), Kamu Grugier-Hill (hamstring) and Taylor Hart (ankle) were limited.
McKelvin was a full participant on Wednesday, but was limited on Thursday.
Bennie Logan (groin) was a full participant again Thursday and is looking forward to returning after a three-game absence.