Antrel Rolle celebrates his fumble recovery during a game against...

Antrel Rolle celebrates his fumble recovery during a game against the New Orleans Saints at MetLife Stadium. (Dec. 9, 2012) Credit: Jim McIsaac

It was an injury that cost Antrel Rolle to miss the previous two preseason games. And it was an injury that nudged him back into last night’s preseason finale.

With fellow starting safety Stevie Brown out for the season with a torn ACL he suffered last week, Rolle wanted to get some in-game reps with his new wingman before the regular season opens on Sept. 8. So instead of sitting out the game coming off a sprained ankle he suffered on Aug. 12, Rolle was with the starting defense on the field against the Patriots for the first two series.

“I wanted to get out there and get some work with (Ryan) Mundy,” Rolle said. "I wanted to make sure our chemistry is good as we can get it before we get to Dallas.”

“Things were great,” he said. “I think our communication was awesome. It was on point. That was something that was a point of emphasis before the game: Let’s make sure we communicate. He and I did a great job.”

Truth be told, Rolle probably would have pushed himself to play in the game even if Stevie Brown was healthy. He’d participated in the two practices leading up to the game.

“I just missed my teammates,” Rolle said. “I wanted to get out there and compete. I told them once I got healthy – it didn’t matter if it was Game 1 of the regular season or Game 4 of the preseason – I was going to be out there with them.”

And he was.

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