Outside Linebacker Azeez Ojulari
Q: Do you feel 100 percent?
A: Yeah. I feel good. I feel back, for sure.
Q: Do you think that getting to get this reveal look with you and (outside linebacker) Kayvon (Thibodeaux) as a pairing could be a healthy thing? Do you think that can now work out, and you can help his game and vice versa?
A: Yeah, definitely. Just working off each other. I definitely feel like the way we rush and the way we play, we can definitely work with each other for sure.
Q: How excited is this team, you, excited to be playing these meaningful games in December?
A: Yeah, it's very exciting. This is what we live for in the NFL. The best time, the best football. December, it's time to just play your best. You know?
Q: How optimistic are you that you can be out there this week?
A: I'm ready man, I'm so excited. It's been a minute, been watching from the side and now is the time to get out there and do what I do.
Q: You don't think you need more than a couple of days of practice?
A: You just got to go with the schedule. Day by day try to work hard, get better, get my feet back under me and get ready to work.
Q: When you look at it, going back to training camp, you come in banged up. I imagine your second season just hasn't gone – can you feel like you can still salvage something in these last five, six games?
A: Oh yeah, for sure. Just go one game at a time and give my all every game. At the end of the year, we'll see what it is.
Q: What were you expecting from your second season?
A: I didn't expect to be out for sure. I just wanted to come in, be me, impactful player and just help the team win.
Q: Do you feel like you must be a late-season trade acquisition? "Hey, you're the guy to come in and take this thing to another level."
A: Every game I want to take it to another level. Just bring it, all I got for the team for whatever I do to help the team win. At the end of the day, all we want to do is win on this long stretch. We got the last few games and just go compete.
Q: How would you describe what you've been through already this year?
A: I don't know. It's tough. Just rocky.
Q: Have there been dark moments where you've been really upset?
A: Yeah, I have. When I tried to come back, and I got hurt again, that really was frustrating. It's all going to work out, and just thank God I'm back and happy, ready to work.
Q: How do you handle frustrations? Are you a faith guy? Are you a scream in a pillow guy? Are you a talk to your parents' guy? How did you handle frustration?
A: Talking to family. Relax, thank God. It's all going to work out. I believe I'm strong, and I'm just confidant in myself, teammates and everyone. I'm good.
Q: We're not getting a practice and injury report today because it's a Tuesday. If we did, would you be listed as a full participant?
Q: Do you have to do anything to keep yourself healthy? Stretch earlier or?
A: The crazy part is that I was doing everything right. You just can't control it. I was doing what I had to, everything on time – stretching, treatment, extra. It was just like, I don't know.
Q: Are you doing anything different now?
A: No, the same. Just staying on top of it because I don't want it to happen no more.
Q: Remind me, was it hurt in a game or?
A: No, I hurt it – the first time I hurt it in a game, the Chicago game at the end. And then, I was trying to come back, and I got hurt again at practice getting ready for Jacksonville. Felt great, though, that's the thing, so I was trying to give it a go. I was tired. I didn't want to be out so, I got hurt again.
Q: First time you did it, wasn't the practice with the Jets?
A: Yeah, that was my right one. That was camp. This was a different one, left one. I did that at the end of the Bears game and then I was trying to come back, and I hurt it again in practice.
Q: Is there anything they can pinpoint why?
A: I don't know.
Q: They haven't said?
A: Yeah, nothing really.
Q: What do you think it'll be like – we got a taste of it – with you and Kayvon on the edge? That was supposed to be the dynamic duo. What do you think it'll be like? He's healthy, was he even playing when you were playing or was he out?
A: We played together. The two games, Dallas and the Bears.
Q: Both were his first two games. Now that he's rounding into form and you have a year under, what could it be like?
A: I just feel like we can make an impact, both ways for sure. Just trying to play our best, we need to. Especially this last stretch of the season.