Mawae, who turns 38 on Jan. 23, said he would have been placed on injured reserve if he had been hurt early in the season instead of Dec. 21. But he said he has recovered from a worse such injury. Under contract for the 2009 season, Mawae said he feels he proved how well he still can play this season.
Fisher said they had hoped to keep the 15-year veteran on the roster and active in case they reached the Super Bowl.
"I committed to Kevin if it would at all be possible to keep him up so he would have an opportunity to play at least one play in the Super Bowl," Fisher said.
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