Bucs' Chris Conte grateful to be back after chest scare
Bucs safety Chris Conte has endured plenty of injuries in his NFL career, but the chest injury he suffered late in the Bucs' home win against Seattle gave him a new scare, coughing up blood and requiring a night in the hospital.
"Whenever you're coughing up a lot of blood, it's scary," said Conte, who missed two games as he recovered but returned to practice Wednesday and can play Sunday as the Bucs play at the Cowboys. "Talking to the doctors, it's something they take very seriously."
Conte made a tackle across the middle on a pass play to Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham, and while he stayed in the game for the next play
"I knew something was wrong as soon as I hit him," Conte said. "I don't know exactly what happened, but every time I took a breath, it felt like my lung would fill up with blood and I'd be coughing up blood. That was a new one."
Conte was released from the hospital the next day and has been around the team, but didn't return to practice until Wednesday and is looking forward to Sunday, when the Bucs will try to extend their five-game win streak against a Cowboys team that had won 11 straight before a loss to the Giants.
"It's a great opportunity for the team," said Conte, who won at AT&T Stadium in 2012 on a Monday night when he was with the Bears, getting a team-high 11 tackles in a game in which Chicago returned two Tony Romo interceptions for touchdowns. "I'm definitely excited for it."