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CB Cox on helmet mishap: "That's just football'



Cornerback Torrie Cox had a large scar near the bridge of his nose and right eye, the result of being accidentally struck last month by a helmet swung by Aqib Talib that was intended for tackle Donald Penn.

"That's in the past,'' Cox said. "That's football. It happened. Move on. Nothing serious happened and I'm out there still playing.' 

Cox is a remarkable story, having battled back from three torn ACL injuries in '03, '07 and '08.

"I'm like that Jason guy, you keep trying to kill him, you keep trying to kill him, but he keeps coming back,'' Cox said. "I never fall.

"Everybody's been showing me a lot of love, just to keep me around and helping me out. And I'm growing up at the same time.''

Cox has always been an exceptional special teams player. The new man-to-man coverage scheme under defensive coordinator Jim Bates fits his skill set.

"It's another new defense and a good defense that fits my skills,'' Cox said. "We get physical and run a lot and make a lot of plays. I'm excited.''

Look for Cox to be in the mix for the nickelback spot which is being held by second-year pro Elbert Mack.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 3:34pm]


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