Dallas Cowboys

Injured Justin Durant giving back in community and in the locker room

Linebacker Justin Durant is out for the season with a torn biceps but he’s doing his best to stay a part of the Cowboys as well as the community.

Durant teamed up with Olivella’s Neo Pizza in Victory Park to host a Holiday Toy Drive Monday night, benefiting the Boys and Girls clubs of Greater Dallas-Oak Cliff Unit.

“I felt the need to give back,” Durant said. “I grew up in the Boys and Girls club in Florence, S.C. I wanted to partner with them and try to give back and do something with the community out here and try to get in that a little more. I should have been doing it. I’m trying to make up for lost time.”

Durant, an eight-year veteran who has been with the Cowboys for the last two years, was the team’s leading tackler before going down in the 20-17 loss to the Washington Redskins on Oct. 27.

He has done his part to stay involved with the team by attending meetings and helping the young linebackers out. But he admits it’s hard being away during the Cowboys’ possible run to the playoffs.

“It’s hard,” Durant said. “I’m out but I’m not away. I’m always in the building. I go to meetings in the mornings. I get up on the game plan and see what’s going on. I talk to the guys. I try to help out as much as I can. It’s definitely tough, especially in a season like this where we are making a strong push for the division. It’s hard to watch it. But, at the same time, I’m proud of what the guys are doing.”

Durant was especially proud of the mental toughness his teammates showed in the 38-27 victory against the Eagles Sunday. He liked how they weathered 24-point comeback and then rebounded with a closing surge to win the game.

“They were resilient,” Durant said. “Everybody played hard. We were poised under pressure. We were on the road, playing for the division. They scored 24 in a row. The guys stayed strong and ended up on top. I’m proud of everything everybody is doing. I wish I could be a part of it.”