Redskins linebacker Zach Brown has been playing with an Achilles injury for several weeks. He dealt with an ankle injury last month and, to complete a trifecta of pain, a hamstring injury has popped up beside his name on the team’s latest injury report.
Brown sat out practice on Wednesday. However, he has no intention of missing this Sunday’s game against the Chargers or, for that matter, any of the three games that follow.
“Everybody’s got injuries, you just have to pick up and keep playing,” said Brown on Wednesday.
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So far, Brown has kept playing. He has missed a number of practices and he was listed as questionable on the final injury reports prior to each of the last four games. But he has been in on 778 of the 790 defensive snaps played so far.
As to the possibility of sustaining a more severe injury by playing through an injury, Brown says he isn’t going to worry about what he can’t control.
“You can not play, that’s always a possibility,” said Brown. “But, you know, guys, we always want to compete so, you know, we always want to be out there no matter what. And what’s the difference between play now and you rest and it happens in game one next year?”
The sore Achilles has been the most worrisome injury. Brown said that he gets daily treatment that includes therapy with a laser and with acupuncture.
There is a very recent case of a painful Achilles turning into a much more serious injury.
Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman dealt with Achilles pain all season. Finally, during Seattle’s Week 10 game against the Cardinals, the tendon ruptured and Sherman is done for the season and facing a long rehab process before he can get back on the field in 2018.
“It’s always a concern but if it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen,” said Brown when asked about the possibility of the same thing happening to him. “There’s nothing you can really do about it. You can be walking up the stairs and it can happen. If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen, there’s nothing I can really do about it. All I can do is keep doing treatment on it and getting the work done.”
One big difference between Sherman and Brown is financial security.
Sherman signed a four year, $56 million contract in 2014. Even if the Seahawks decide to cut ties with him after this season he still would have pocketed $45 million in salary and bonuses.
Brown, on the other hand, is working on a one-year, $2.55 million deal. He hopes to cash in as a free agent in 2018. It would be very difficult to do that if he was rehabbing a torn Achilles. Does he factor this into his thinking at all?
“No, I don’t,” he said. “The last two years I was on the free agent market, it’s the way I play. If that was the case I would have just shut it down already.”
Instead of taking the rest of the year off, he will do what he’s been doing.
“I’ll just continue to get treatment on it, then when Sunday comes, we’ll have to see what happens on Sunday,” he said.
“I like to play the game with passion and I hate to lose. I try my best to help people do better, just trying to help some of the young guys. At the end of the day, you rest when the season’s over.”