S Jabrill Peppers
October 9, 2020
Q: I’m wondering how you’re feeling and if you think there is a 100% chance of you playing Sunday and what this practice week was like for you?
A: I’ve been taking it day by day. The trainers have a good plan for me. I’m just sticking to the plan. It feels good to be back out there at practice with the guys, get moving around, get the blood flowing a little bit.
Q: Does it matter at all that it’s the Cowboys? I think you’ve talked before about how you grew up watching Giants vs. Cowboys. It bothered you last year that they talked a little bit of smack when they beat you in Week 1. Is there anything to you trying to get back for this game specifically, and turn the course of this six wins in a row for the Cowboys against the Giants?
A: Like I said, we’re taking it day by day. Obviously, it doesn’t need to be said how much this game means, how much this game has meant for years. At the end of the day, you just have to keep taking it day by day, listen to the training staff, and we’re going to see where it goes.
Q: If I can ask one more, I know you didn’t play last week but Ryan Lewis came in here and kind of played well at that second outside cornerback position. You were probably watching on TV like us, or maybe you were there, but what did you see from Ryan Lewis as maybe he can stabilize that spot?
A: Ry Lew has always been a hard worker since he got here. He knows the nature of this league. He just came in here and honed in on his technique and his fundamentals. We saw it in practice. I’m just happy that when he got his number called, he went out there and performed.
Q: Have the doctors, the medical staff said anything about whether you can further injure the ankle if you play on it?
A: You have to talk to Coach about that.
Q: Just how does it feel? How did it feel on the field this week?
A: It feels good.
Q: What do you think you need to prove to them in the next two days? What’s the next step for you moving forward?
A: The trainers put together a good plan for me. I’m just sticking to the plan, taking it day by day.
Q: When it happened, were you worried that it was going to be a long-term thing? You kind of came down it looked like on somebody. Is that kind of how it went?
A: You always worry when something like that happens. But my MRIs and my X-rays came back clean, so that kind of eased my mind a bit. Like I said, it’s still a process. I have to listen to the trainers, get in there for my treatment and continue with the process.
Q: If you can get back out there, how do you feel about punt returning right away?
A: We have to get back out there first. That’s what my main concern is.
Q: Was there a definite difference between how the ankle felt last week and how it felt this week in practice?
A: You have to talk to Coach about that. You know we can’t discuss injuries.
Q: Just wanted to ask you a non-ankle question. You guys are obviously 0-4. A lot of folks in the fan base have already kind of written you guys off for a season. Just your message to the fan base on where you guys are and what’s left for you guys this season?
A: We don’t really pay attention to the outside noise. We know there is a lot of football left to be played. We know the leader in our division is 1-2-1, so everything is still pretty much up in the air. We’re coming in here, getting better each and every day fundamentally, staying in good condition. It’s just about going out there, playing complementary football on Sundays and putting everything together. It doesn’t matter how good things look at practice. It matters how special teams plays and gets the field position, if offense puts up the points and if the defense is just making stops. We’re definitely doing our due diligence, and there’s a lot of football left to be played. We know that and we’re ready. We’re ready for the long haul.