No pain, no gain, right?
Part of being a NFL player is playing through injuries. At least that's the perception. The unwritten rule is that you suck it up and do everything you can to stay on the field.
But does that type of mentality sometimes become a detriment for both the player and the team?
Detroit Lions secondary coach Marcus Robertson has seen the negative side of it.
The Lions' defensive backs were beat up from start to finish last season. A total of 13 different combinations started in the secondary.
Cornerbacks Bill Bentley (shoulder), Jacob Lacey (knee) and Chris Greenwood (abdominal), and safety Amari Spievey (concussion), all suffered season-ending injuries.
In an interview with MLive.com, Robertson suggested that players need to be more honest with coaches and the training staff when it comes to their physical ailments.
No more covering it up.
"I'll take Greenwood, for example," Robertson said. "Greenwood had the sports hernia. Well, he had it for some time and...