He has stayed ready week after week by counting down the NFL season on a whiteboard in his garage, where he works out.
‘‘I was always mentally prepared for whatever situation was going to happen. I've been doing this for a while now,’’ Cundiff said.
He can certainly relate to some of what Akers is going through.
‘‘Well, everyone deals with it a little different. It’s tough,’’ Cundiff said. ‘‘As my wife and I have talked about, things are a little different when you’re in the fire. It’s tough to find the right perspective that you normally get in the offseason.’’
Notes: Defensive lineman Justin Smith practiced with a brace over his injured left arm as he recovers from a partially torn triceps muscle that sidelined him for the final two regular-season games. ‘‘You just go out there and play ‘til you can’t and be ready,’’ Smith said. ‘‘I feel like I'll be ready.’’
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