We’re still a year away from NFL players being forced by the rulebook to wear knee and thigh pads, but for now, certain players--receivers and defensive backs mostly--are still allowed to opt against those particular pads if they so choose. Barry Church did on Sunday, and after taking a knee to the padless thigh, he was forced to leave the game.
Church was back on the field at Valley Ranch on Wednesday, though, as a full participant in practice, and he came away from the workout encouraged by the way the bruised leg responded.
“I felt pretty good,” Church said, per ESPN Dallas.
Meanwhile, Church’s fellow safety Gerald Sensabaugh is dealing with an injury of his own. Sensabaugh suffered a calf strain against Seattle, meaning that Dallas played a good chunk of the game without either of their frontline safeties. Unlike Church, Sensabaugh was held out of practice Wednesday, one of seven Cowboys sidelined.
“I feel like I’ve got to take on a little more without Gerald back there,” Church said. “He helped me through signal calling. With him gone, I’m going to have to pick up my game a little bit as well as with everybody else has got to pick it up. We’re definitely looking to communicate just as good as if he was there.”
For what it’s worth, Church indicated to reporters this week that he plans on wearing thigh pads against the Buccaneers.
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