METAIRIE, La. New Orleans Saints cornerback Jabari Greer has sat back and watched football from the sidelines for five weeks.
On Sunday, when the Saints play the Carolina Panthers, Greer finally expects to get back in the game after a training camp sports hernia kept him out of all of preseason and the season opener.
'Getting out there and getting some tackles and really getting the emotional part of the game, I look forward to that,' Greer said. 'I really do. You can't visualize that. You have to go out there and do it.'
The Saints are down to four cornerbacks right now with Johnny Patrick missing two days of practice with a thigh injury. Greer has been full in practice the past two days.
Getting the experienced Greer back right now, a week after allowing rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III to throw for 320 yards and two touchdowns, is critical.
'It's imperative he gets out there and just starts playing again and just get himself back on the field,' Saints interim coach Aaron Kromer said. 'He'll do a good job.'
Greer would like to have come back in a better situation, not with Patrick resting to get better from an injury.
But he said he would have come back regardless of the situation.
'You never want to come back in a situation like this because first, Johnny is a friend,' Greer said. 'He's like my brother. And you never want to see one of your teammates hurt. That's never a good situation. No matter what, I would have been coming back this week.'