LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 16: Martellus Bennett #80 of the Dallas Cowboys scores a touchdown in the fourth quarter against LaRon Landry #30 of the Washington Redskins during the game on November 16, 2008 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Martellus Bennett returned to practice this week after missing two games with a concussion, the result of an awkward hit against New York three weeks ago. Head coach Wade Phillips said Bennett was at full speed this week, and will play against Washington on Sunday. The injury, according to Bennett, gave him a new perspective.
What it couldn't do, according to eccentric tight end, was make him normal.
"No, I'm never going to be normal," Bennett said. "I like it that way. That's how I'd rather have it.
"I'm good, I feel like a million bucks. They did do a CAT scan, no they didn't find anything. I'm crazier now than I was before, so I think they were worried about me. They said they thought I was always concussed."
Bennett will make his return against the Washington Redskins in Landover, Maryland, the most hostile environment for Dallas Cowboys this side of the Linc, in Philadelphia. Though Dallas should, reasonably, dress down their rivals from the east, some see Washington as a trap game for Dallas.
This is because the Redskins have motivation in droves. First, they're coming off a de-pantsing at the hands of the New York Giants, 45-12 in the national spotlight on Monday night football. More than that though, it is the Dallas Cowboys coming to town.
And regardless, it seems, of anything, Washington plays Dallas tough, particularly at home. Bennett, however, says the team thrives on such situations.
"I'm looking forward to a team that's going to [play] every single play like it's their last," Bennett said. "Anybody can beat anyone at any time, so it's a game that we have to come, and bring our all. The fans are going to be rowdy.
"There will be nothing they want more for Christmas than to spoil our chances of going to the playoffs, so we've got to really bring it this week."