A day after being whistled for a roughing-the-kicker penalty that resuscitated what became a St. Louis field-goal drive, defensive end Patrick Chukwurah was looking to do nothing more than put the game behind him.
“I’ve got to shake it off,” he said Monday. “We’ve got 15 more games left before the playoffs. So we’ve got a long road ahead of us. I’ve just got to learn from my mistakes and keep trucking.”
In Chukwurah’s case, the mistake was leaving his feet as he sprinted in Matt Turk’s direction as he prepared to fire his punt. Doing so left him just out of control enough to where contact resulted, and as he went to the sidelines, he got an earful from special-teams coach Ronnie Bradford — a reaction that Chukwurah understood completely.