The differences for O.J. Atogwe started before the lockout, when he left the only team he had played for St. Louis to sign a free agent contract with the Redskins but then couldnt get to know his new coaches and teammates.
Unfortunately for Atogwe and the Redskins secondary, things keep changing.
Slowed for most of the preseason with a hamstring injury, Atogwe has missed two of the last three games with knee and toe injuries. This from a player who missed only eight games in his first six NFL years.
Atogwe missed practice Wednesday and Thursday, was listed as limited Friday and is questionable to play Sunday against Miami.
Its definitely tested me, to be injured quite a bit this year, he said Friday afternoon at Redskin Park. But you have to fight through it, continue to believe in the healing process, continue to believe in yourself and get it going.
Atogwe realizes the sense of urgency the Redskins have lost four straight games and fellow safety LaRon Landry is ailing with an Achilles problem.
Im always going to do whats best for the team, Atogwe said. The fact LaRon was a little sore this week, it puts a little more motivation on me to get back faster.
And the four-game skid that has the Redskins at 3-5 for the season?
All of that goes together, Atogwe said. We both hope were out there.
Atogwe missed the Carolina loss and played 62 of 66 snaps against Buffalo even though he looked slow in pursuit on a few big plays.
The knee was fine for the first half, Atogwe said. During the second half, it became more and more of a struggle to fight through. The knee started to shut down a little bit and the toe ached up. Its just something you have to work through and develop endurance so it can be a 60-minute ordeal where I can play without thinking about it.
The things weve been doing this week have been geared toward creating muscle endurance and strength in the knee. Buffalo was more of an indicator of where I was at. It felt fine during that week. Now it feels better than it did in that game.
Contact OHalloran at email@example.com