McCain not 100 percent but feels 'great'

McCain not 100 percent but feels 'great'
May 30, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Brice McCain still remembers how his left foot felt after fracturing it against the Tennessee Titans last Dec. 2.

“Jell-O,” McCain said after Thursday’s OTA practice concluded. “My foot felt like Jell-O. When I broke it, I knew right away I broke it.”

But the pain in his foot wasn’t even the worst part of the injury. The worst part for McCain, was missing football.

The Texans’ nickel cornerback was placed on the injured reserve (designated to return) and had a screw inserted into his left foot to help heal the fracture. McCain said it was the first major injury he ever had playing football. It was also the first time he ever missed a game because of injury. In his place, Brandon Harris filled in at the nickel with mixed results.

“It was tough,” he said. “It was very stressful to watch and not play the game you love, which you’ve been playing all my life.”

McCain has been working on-and-off during the OTAs, which started last week. That has been the plan with McCain. He has been on the field with the team some days and others, he has worked on the side.  
“It feels good,” said McCain, who added that his foot isn’t 100 percent yet. “It just gets sore now and then, but I feel great.”

When McCain was placed on IR, the Texans also designated him to return. Basically, that meant that if the Texans made it to the Super Bowl, they would have been allowed to activate McCain to play in the game.

But on Thursday, the veteran corner wasn’t so sure he would have been able to go in the big game if the Texans would have made it that far.

“I don’t think so,” he said. “They were hoping I could but after going through it and seeing how long it took me to get rid of the pain, I don’t think so … I would have had to play with pain if I did.”

McCain said following the injury and surgery he wasn’t able to do anything football-wise for about two months, which would been the beginning of February. Since then, he’s been working as hard as he can to stay in shape and take mental reps even when he couldn’t do them physically.

He said he’s been able to improve even while sitting out. While he was out, he was able to watch more film and learn that way. He also learned about his body and what it takes to recover from that type of injury.  

For now, he’s resting some and working some. He’s also getting the foot iced and massaged regularly.

This offseason, he signed a three-year deal to stay with the Texans. While McCain will be back with the Texans, the team has some newcomers too, including future Hall of Famer Ed Reed. McCain is looking forward to working with Reed but added that there are a lot of capable players even without Reed, who is recovering from hip surgery.

“I’m very excited,” McCain said about the upcoming season. “I know about my body better. My body, I figured it out. I think everything happened for a reason. I think I improved a lot of things I need to know.”

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