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November 18, 2013

Wilcox says time away gave him chance to study more film, connect with mental side of the game

He didn’t like the time off, but rookie safety J.J. Wilcox believes it benefited him.

“It helped with the mental aspect of the game,” he said Monday at Valley Ranch. “I studied a lot more film. I was able to understand the weakness. I was able to understand the mental aspect.”

Wilcox returned to practice Monday after missing four weeks with a sprained knee he suffered in practice after the Philadelphia game, his best game. He said he’s not planning to wear a brace.

“Just tape it up pretty good,” he said. “It’s more mental than physical. I just have to get my mind ready to go. I will be ready to go this week, go back to work with my brothers.”

He said it hurt to miss all the reps, and that it bothered him missing the games.

“You don’t think it bothers you until you are sitting watching your teammates,” he said. “I’m kind of like a rookie all over again.”

Garrett said Wilcox's return will help.

"He did a really good job when we gave him the starting opportunity early on in the year before he got hurt," Garrett said. "He certainly picks things up well. The game doesn't seem to big to him. He can make an impact both on the ball and as a physical player. Getting him back will help us."

-- Carlos Mendez

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