No NFL player likes to miss the action of a game, especially due to injury.
For Detroit Lions wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown, missing the team’s game against the Carolina Panthers gave the talented wideout an opportunity to look at the team from a different perspective.
While Lions head coach Dan Campbell said it was difficult to tell the third-year senior he wouldn’t play, everyone involved felt it was the right decision, especially since the season has been long and the team is at the top.
Extra depth for different positions.“I’m grateful they did it.
Because at the end of the day, you never really know what the injuries are, what can develop during the game, whether you’re going to play or not,” St. Brown said.
“So I hate losing games. If I could, I would never lose a game if I could.
But ultimately, the team has to make a decision about what’s best for me and the team.
And “That was why I didn’t played last week. But this week is a new week.
I feel good, I feel ready. So we’ll see.
“Even though he worked with the coaches on the sidelines on the practice field, St. Brown felt like he wasn’t with the team, which was an uncomfortable feeling.
“It’s tough, but I thought all week I probably wasn’t going to play,” St. Brown said.
“I wasn’t sure, but I actually thought I wasn’t going to play. But it was tough, it was a bit like being – I don’t know, look, I felt like I was away from the team.
Kind of, because of course I’m not, I’m in every meeting with them, but I’m not physically there with them, which kind of sucks.
But I’m happy to be back.
The camaraderie within the Lions team also made the missed practice and Week 5 game a little more painful for the team.
“Honestly, I just missed going out with the boys, the preparation.
I feel like I missed the whole week of preparation,” commented St. Brown.
“It starts after the match, you know, you get beat up, boom.
And you have that Tuesday off, and then on Wednesday you start preparing for the whole week.