There was a time when a reporter who asked Joey Porter if his production was declining would expect to get his head bitten off. But now Porter, at age 34 and in his 13th NFL season, nods in agreement when asked if he’s getting old.
Porter, the Cardinals linebacker who’s preparing to play against the team where he spent the first eight years of his career when the Steelers come to town Sunday, said he understands that he’s not the guy who can contribute double-digit sacks anymore.
“As you get older, your role changes,” Porter told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “And, as a player, you still think you can hunt just as good as the other dog, but it just happens. You play this game long enough, you’re not going to be as dominant as you used to be.”
Porter has started all five games for the Cardinals this year, but he has just 14 tackles and one sack, and his playing time has been reduced.
“That’s hard to accept, but, at the same time, I still feel like I can play,” Porter said. “My thing is, I’m trying to give myself the best chance to be healthy. I feel like when I’m healthy, I can still go out there and play football with anybody. But it gets tougher when you get older.”