Duane Brown not used to being injured

Duane Brown not used to being injured
September 25, 2013, 6:45 pm
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Since entering the league in 2008, Duane Brown had never missed a game because of injury.

Until Sunday.

Brown missed the game against the Ravens in Baltimore because of a bad case of turf toe. And, as of Wednesday, is looking like a game-time decision for next Sunday’s game against the Seahawks.

“It’s very tough,” Brown said. “I’m not used to being injured or having anything keeping me off the field so I don’t really know how to gauge it or be smart about it. All I really know is to be out there. I did finish the game when it happened so at the same time though, it’s a long season and it’s something that you have to be careful with. That’s what I’m told. I’m just taking my time. It feels good but at the same time, you have to be smart about it.”

Brown, whose toe was injured when Wade Smith fell on him against the Titans, didn’t even make the trip to Baltimore with the team. Last week he was in a walking boot and was unable to practice. He watched the game on TV from his home.

“It was tough man. It was very tough to watch,” he said. “Very tough to not be there, be home looking at it on TV. I hated that situation. Hated the way things unfolded for our team and not being there to give advice at least on the sideline. It was very tough deal.”

Brown said he was able to use his different perspective (from home) to help his teammates and give advice. Shortly after the game finished, some of his teammates texted him for advice.

Brown won’t practice on Thursday but hopes to build on his Wednesday, when he worked on the field with trainers. He said his toe is still painful.

“Still hard to tell right now because moving around isn’t the same as trying to block 300-pound guys,” Brown said. “So we’re taking it one day at a time and tomorrow I’ll probably do a little bit more.”