Free safety Ryan Clark can’t wait for his 2012 season to get started this week, after not being able to play against Denver because of complications due to the sickle cell trait and playing in the high altitude.
Clark will be back in the starting lineup against the New York Jets on Sunday at Heinz Field, and is ready to roll.
“It feels a lot better this week,” said Clark. “You feel like you are not part of the team when you are in that position, especially not being injured. You know you are healthy enough to play and aren’t able to and it’s tough.
“I am excited about this week. I wish it was coming off a win. There is nothing we can do to fix that but go out and try to win this week.”
Clark said it was difficult standing on the sidelines being a spectator, a feeling he hates having.
“It’s hard. It’s hard when the team doesn’t come out with the win,” said Clark. “You want to be out there with the guys you prepared for that moment with. We practice all offseason for the regular season and to miss the first one was tough.
“I am glad it’s behind me. I don’t have to think about it. Now it’s just football.”
And that comes with a big challenge this week against the Jets, with quarterback Mark Sanchez starting off the season strong against the Bills and the added dimension of Tim Tebow running the wildcat offense.
“We just have to come out this week and play well,” said Clark. “The Jets pose an interesting problem for us right now. All preseason all people talked about was them not scoring touchdowns and they lit up the scoreboard when it started to count. I am excited about the challenge.”
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