theProf Posted November 14, 2014 Share Posted November 14, 2014 vaughn mcclure @vxmcclure23 Jake Matthews was told his high ankle sprain would linger throughout the season. He's just going to keep fighting. http://es.pn/1xCm0lA Jake Matthews shaking off ankle injury; still adjusting to NFL pass-rushersBy Vaughn McClure | ESPN.comFLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons rookie left tackle Jake Matthews was missing from the open locker room for quite a while and was obviously preoccupied with getting treatment on his ailing left ankle. The bye week at the start of the month gave Matthews a little more time to recover. One can tell the sense of relief in his tone.``I'm ready to get that behind me,'' Matthews said during a locker room appearance on Thursday. ``They told me, right when the sprain happened, it was going to be something that I'd have to deal with the whole year. It's been getting a lot better. It's a lot more manageable now. I'm going to keep building on it and keep getting that treatment and getting it right.''Matthews refused to use the injury as a crutch despite the severity. He suffered a high-ankle sprain -- typically a 4-to-6 week injury -- in the season opener against New Orleans and missed just the Cincinnati game.``Man, it sucks, but that's the nature of the game,'' Matthews said of playing through the pain. ``Everyone's got something that's bothering them. Unfortunately, I had to learn that Week 1.''That's not the only lesson Matthews learned. The transition from college to the pros figured to be an easy one for the sixth-overall pick and son of Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews. A switch from right to left tackle threw off the timing of his development. Then came the injury. Then Matthews was asked to contend with the likes of Terrell Suggs and Jason Pierre-Paul while playing basically on one leg.``Every week, I've feel like I've learned something from who I've played against,'' Matthews said. ``[Pierre-Paul] was definitely a good player, and I felt like I learned a lot from him. Like I keep saying, every week, you're going up against a good player. It's one of the biggest things I've picked up from since I got here.'' Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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