Robert Ayers Jr
August 31, 2015
Q: How do you feel right now? What happened before the game?
A: Iíll be alright. Right now, just trying to manage things and keep things on the up and up and get better. Iíll be alright. As far as what happened, thatís a tricky question thatíd Iíd rather not try to get into. But Iíll be alright. Weíre going to manage everything and keep everything on the positive side and try to get better. So Iíll be alright.
Q: Are you going to be able to work at all this week?
A: Like I said, weíre just taking it day-to-day. Weíre going to see how everything feels and how everything goes. But Iíll be alright.
Q: How about today though?
A: Not today. I wonít be out there today, but weíll see how things go.
Q: What was your immediate reaction before the game when whatever happened, happened?
A: Kind of just frustrated. Because you know, it was a big game for us as a team and organization. And especially with the cross town rival. So I definitely wanted to be out there with my guys. Kind of angry, it was an unfortunate situation. A weird situation where youíre in a position where you have to make a decision like that and handle things the way we had to handle thingsóme not playing, things like that. I felt like I let my teammates down, especially the D-Line, I felt like I let them down. I kind of threw them under the bus a little bit with how everything happened. So I feel like with what happened, made things tough on them. I feel bad about that. As far as how I feel, I didnít really know what was going on. I didnít really know how it happened or whatever. It is what it is. Got some positive feedback, so I understand what happened now and I know how to handle it. So thatís what weíre going to do. Keep trying to get better.
Q: Is it your ankle? Is it your Achilles? Is it both?
A: My ankle area, put it like that.
Q: Is it something that has been bothering?
A: No, thatís the thing thatís been kind of weird. Out of nowhere, just whatís going on type of thing. We figured it out and everything will be alright.
Q: If it was a regular season game. do you think you would have been able to go?
A: Iíd rather not answer that. In this league, youíbr got to be able to play through injuries, you have to be able to play through pain and things like that. I feel like Iíve been able to do that throughout my career a lot. So have a lot of other guys on this team. Sometimes decisions are made, and you have to do things a little smarter, not necessarily tougher. Fortunately we were in a situation where we could do things that was a little bit smarter. I think thatís what we tried to do. Now we know whatís going on, and we know how to handle things going forward. So thatís what weíre going to try and do.