When Rodger Saffold exited Sunday's regular-season finale against the Houston Texans with an ankle injury, he made a point to return to the sideline on a cart not only to see the Titans collect the AFC South division championship, but also to see Derrick Henry go over the 2,000-yard mark.
The veteran guard wasn't going to let the injury keep him from the moment, whether he was in the lineup or not.
“I didn't want to sit in the locker room and watch the game on TV and not be there for the chance to reach 2K and also to celebrate with my teammates out on the field. I really like the way we play for each other, and I really just wanted to see that through, regardless of the outcome of me not being able to finish the game,” Saffold said.
That said, with the stakes being much higher now that the playoffs have started, Saffold said there is no way he is missing Sunday's AFC Wild Card Playoff Game against the Baltimore Ravens.
“Absolutely, this is the playoffs. There's no guarantees. You've got to fight for everything,” Saffold said when asked if he would play. “I mean, there's no way I would sit out and opportunity like that.”
Saffold, who had an ankle injury earlier in the season, had been battling a toe injury in recent weeks. He suffered another ankle issue against the Texans. But the veteran said he will get his treatment, take care of himself and get ready to go for the postseason.
“You have to adapt to any situation that is in front of you. Each week is different. We knew we needed to win that game. Everything has been going well for me, and then I had a hiccup with the ankle,” Saffold said. “Even though it's frustrating but I just kind of treat it like I did the season, and just adapt to the change and try to make the best of the situation. As long as I can get out on the field and produce without hurting the team, then I'm going to take my risk out there.”