Linval Joseph is a tough dude. The ankle injury he played with last season was much worse then let on. As he told Mike Garafolo in a back-and-forth conversation:
How much was that ankle bothering you last year?
It was numb. I don’t know if you’ve ever had a numb foot before. It bothered me a lot.
For the whole season?
The second half of the season. I just sucked it up, finished out the season and won the Super Bowl. It was worth it.
I don’t recall you being on the injury report at all.
I didn’t say anything about it during the season. I told the trainers once in a while, but I didn’t say a lot about it.
How did the injury affect you?
Let me give you an example. It’s like your leg is asleep when you’re walking. That’s what it feels like. But when it’s numb for a certain amount of time, you learn how to play with it. You adapt to it.
We all know how annoying it is to have your foot fall asleep. It’s kinda painful. Now, imagine playing football with it? I can barely walk when my foot is asleep. Can’t even imagine running, stopping, cutting. Kudos to Joseph. Now that he’s healthy, we can only imagine an even better year.