Darren Waller says being out made staying sober more difficult

After missing five weeks with a knee injury and a positive COVID-19 test, Raiders tight end Darren Waller returned for his team’s spectacular overtime victory over the Chargers in Week 18, which resulted in secured Las Vegas’ place in the playoffs. On Wednesday, Waller spoke about how his time off the field presented an added challenge in his battle to maintain his sobriety.

“Due to my addictive illness it can make me think of all kinds of crazy things,” Waller said Wednesday, according to Paul Gutierrez of ESPN. “So I have to make sure I talk about these things when I have all that downtime. I have my therapist. Keep going to meetings (AA). Remained in the playbook. Work on music. Just stay strong, keep my head out of this downtime and just into the things that I enjoy. And stay in football as much as I can. “

Waller struggled with substance abuse issues earlier in his career, including a one-season suspension in 2017 while with the Ravens. He is the team’s nominee this year for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award for his work in helping young people overcome and avoid drug and alcohol addiction and in supporting young people and their families. during their recovery and treatment.

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