Cowboys' Livings returns to practice

December 13, 2012

IRVING, Texas – Dallas Cowboys starting left guard Nate Livings suffered a concussion during Sunday's 20-19 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Livings returned to practice Thursday after passing concussion tests and said he was told only to do what he felt comfortable with.

"If I can play, I'm going to play," Livings said. "I ain't going on the bench to sit there and cry in my own milk. I'm going to go back and play with the guys. That's the whole thing about it, because you know they're out there giving it their all."

The 30-year-old, who has started all 13 games, has also dealt with hamstring, knee and hand injuries this season. But he isn't complaining. Livings said the injuries are to be expected when an offensive lineman like himself is going up against large defensive linemen and linebackers every Sunday.

Several Cowboys players have shown their toughness by playing through injuries this season. Livings said that's just an example of how the team is trained during the off-season.

"To be honest with you, the way they build us around here it's to be that tough," Livings said. "They prepare us with the workouts we go through, all the stuff we go through with (strength and conditioning) coach (Mike) Woicik and all the other staff. I mean, that's the way they breed us around here. If your legs working and your arms working, you still got to go to work."