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Week 1 Players in the News

by Clayton Gray, Exclusive to Footballguys.com


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Quarterback

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Kyle Boller (BAL) was placed on injured reserve by the Ravens on Wednesday, ending his season and perhaps his stay with the team. Boller hurt his shoulder in Baltimore's second preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings and has not played since. HC John Harbaugh described the injury as either a torn labrum or other damage that would render Boller unable to play this year. To fill Boller's place on the roster, the Ravens on Wednesday signed journeyman quarterback Todd Bouman.

QB Joe Flacco (BAL) Joe Flacco on Monday was officially named the Ravens' season-opening starter. Troy Smith, who seemed like the front-runner heading into the third preseason game, has lost 20pounds since coming down with an illness Aug.22. Kyle Boller, the team's most experienced quarterback, suffered a serious shoulder injury in the second preseason game and has not thrown a pass in two weeks.

*** Friday Update *** QB Troy Smith (BAL) will not play this weekend.

QB Troy Smith (BAL) Troy Smith has been released from the hospital and will continue to recover at home from a tonsil infection. Smith, now 20 pounds lighter, isn't healthy enough to begin practicing after bouts of nausea, fever, dehydration and general soreness. Smith remains on antibiotics, and the Ravens ruled him out of practice for an undetermined period of time.

*** Friday Update *** QB Matt Moore (CAR) will not play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Matt Moore (CAR) suffered a broken fibula during practice on Wednesday and is out indefinitely. With Moore out, the Panthers signed QB Brett Basanez to the practice squad.

*** Friday Update *** QB Carson Palmer (CIN) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** QB Carson Palmer (CIN) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Carson Palmer (CIN) practiced fully on Wednesday. He will wear a shield this weekend to protect his broken nose.

*** Thursday Update *** QB Derek Anderson (CLE) is not even listed on the team's practice report.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Derek Anderson (CLE) practiced fully on Wednesday. HC Romeo Crennel wants to see how he reacts tomorrow before naming him the starter for this weekend, but it appears that Anderson will be ready to play.

QB Derek Anderson (CLE) Derek Anderson practiced fully on Monday and is expected to start Sunday.

*** Friday Update *** QB Patrick Ramsey (DEN) practiced fully on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** QB Patrick Ramsey (DEN) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** QB Drew Stanton (DET) partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** QB Drew Stanton (DET) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Drew Stanton (DET) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Todd Bouman (FA) will be the team's backup quarterback this weekend according to HC John Harbaugh: "We added Todd Bouman today. He will be the backup quarterback against Cincinnati. We thought he was the best fit for us. He's been in the offense before. He had a very good workout. The other guys had good workouts as well, but we thought that he was the best fit for us at this time."

*** Friday Update *** QB Peyton Manning (IND) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to start this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** QB Peyton Manning (IND) is not even mentioned on Thursday's practice report.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Peyton Manning (IND) practiced fully on Wednesday and is expected to start. "Yeah, ready to go,'' Manning said Wednesday as he looked ahead to Sunday night's prime-time opener against the Chicago Bears in Lucas Oil Stadium. "I'm glad the opening game's finally here. Looking forward to playing Sunday night, prime-time TV, and it'll be a great challenge playing against the Bears.''

*** Friday Update *** QB Tarvaris Jackson (MIN) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** QB Tarvaris Jackson (MIN) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Tarvaris Jackson (MIN) says his injured right knee, which he sprained during the preseason, is not yet back to 100 percent. But that's not enough to keep him off the field when his Minnesota Vikings open the NFL season against the Green Bay Packers on Monday night. "I'm playing Monday regardless," he told reporters on Tuesday. Jackson sprained the medial collateral ligament in his right knee against Baltimore on Aug. 16 and did not play in the Vikings' remaining preseason games.

QB Tarvaris Jackson (MIN) Tarvaris Jackson said after Monday's practice that he will play Monday night at Green Bay. Jackson missed the final three preseason games because of a sprained MCL in his right knee. "I feel good. Through the whole process I'm feeling better each day," Jackson said. "I had a couple days off, couple days to rehab. I feel a lot better." Jackson said there is nothing he can't do at this point.

*** Thursday Update *** QB Tom Brady (NE) is not even listed on the team's practice report. Coach Belichick confirms he's set to go. "He's practicing this week and I expect he'll be ready to go," he said.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Tom Brady (NE) has a small crack in one of the bones in his foot according to some reports. However, he practiced fully on Wednesday. In his conference call with Kansas City reporters Wednesday, HC Bill Belichick was asked if Brady will play in Sunday's season-opener against the Chiefs. "He's practicing and I expect he'll be ready to go," Belichick said. According to one reporter present on the call, Belichick was pressed for more details about Brady. Belichick then said: "I expect him to be out there today, and I expect he'll be out there the rest of the week."

Brady's father said he had no knowledge of it. “All I can tell you is, to my knowledge, he doesn’t have a broken foot, or a broken bone in his foot,” Brady Sr. said last night. “He has never told me or his mother that he has a broken foot. He said he had some stress on the bone, and he said he was doing fine and that, quite frankly, he could have played if there was any necessity to play last week.”

QB Tom Brady (NE) Tom Brady says he will play in this weekend's season-opener.

QB Matt Hasselbeck (SEA) Matt Hasselbeck returned to the field Monday and stayed through the duration of practice for only the second time since Aug. 8, and he expects to be ready for the Seahawks' season opener at Buffalo. "I think I'm 100 percent healthy," he said afterward. "I'm probably not 100 percent in shape. That's what this week is for."

*** Saturday Update *** QB Alex Smith (SF) was added to the injury report Saturday, listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against Arizona with another problem in his surgically repaired right shoulder. "He will be consulting with his surgeon in Birmingham for treatment recommendations," HC Mike Nolan said in a statement. "At this time there are no specifics to the injury or a timetable." Shaun Hill will be the backup against the Cardinals.

*** Friday Update *** QB Jeff Garcia (TB) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** QB Jeff Garcia (TB) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** QB Jeff Garcia (TB) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** QB Vince Young (TEN) practiced fully on Friday. He was added to the injury report Friday because of tightness in his hamstring but he is expected to play. Coach Jeff Fisher said the addition to the injury report was not a big deal. "He is not hurt. There are no issues,'' Fisher said. "He has a tight hamstring so just to protect us we're going to list him on the Injury Report.''

Running Back

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Thomas Brown (ATL) was placed on the injured reserve list with a torn groin.

*** Friday Update *** RB Willis McGahee (BAL) partially participated in Friday's practice and it looks like he'll start but the team doesn't sound overly optimistic. When asked if McGahee would start, offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said, "That's the plan, but it all depends on how the knee reacts," he said. "If it's not ready to go, then it doesn't make any sense to go out there. But if it's good, then it's a go. So I'd say it's about 50-50."

*** Thursday Update *** RB Willis McGahee (BAL) partially participated in Thursday's practice. He is currently a game-time decision. "You can see that he's getting close," OC Cam Cameron said. "Whether that'll mean this week or not, I don't know." He's a pretty risky pick as the Ravens seem to really like backup RB Ray Rice and they won't hesitate to use him if they don't feel that McGahee is ready.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Willis McGahee (BAL) partially participated in Wednesday's practice. HC John Harbaugh would give only the following line regarding McGahee's status: "Willis is practicing."

RB Willis McGahee (BAL) Willis McGahee practiced Monday. "I wouldn't say he's 100 percent just [from] watching him run around out there," Harbaugh said of McGahee. "But he was out there. We'll just have to see how he progresses this week. He wants to be out there, I know that."

*** Thursday Update *** RB Ray Rice (BAL) will start for the team if Willis McGahee is unable to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** RB Nick Goings (CAR) is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Nick Goings (CAR) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Nick Goings (CAR) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Jeremi Johnson (CIN) will be placed on injured reserve with a knee injury. HC Marvin Lewis said that Johnson was originally injured during Monday's practice. Johnson underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Wednesday morning.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Chris Perry (CIN) will start this weekend, but he is not expected to be overloaded with touches. OC Bob Bratkowski said after Wednesday's practice he's not looking to give Perry a heavy-duty number of carries right away and plans to spell him with Kenny Watson and maybe DeDe Dorsey. "We'll have packages for them as we go into the week with different things for them to do and different roles to play," Bratkowski said. Asked if Perry would get something like 25 carries, Bratkowski said, "I don't think that would be the plan initially. We want to be able to ease him into a full game. We have other good quality backs. Let some other guys take some turns and make sure he's strong all the way throughout the game."

*** Friday Update *** RB Kenny Watson (CIN) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Kenny Watson (CIN) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

RB Jerome Harrison (CLE) Jerome Harrison is the backup running back according to HC Romeo Crennel: "If Jamal were gone for an extended period of time, you would basically see Jerome take over the first- and second-down type plays, and Jason [Wright] would probably stay in the role he has now, which is a third-down back and a special teams guy."

*** Friday Update *** RB Jamal Lewis (CLE) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend. He will be a game-time decision. The team will likely be cautious about rushing him back. If Lewis can't play, Jerome Harrison and Jason Wright will carry the load.

"That's what they've been preparing to do," coach Romeo Crennel said. "We've said all along that Jamal is a different kind of player that we're dealing with, and those guys, they're not to Jamal's level. We understand that, but they do bring something to the table and they'll help this team.

"They'll step in and do their part. Jason stepped in last year and he represented himself very well. Harrison, when he's had the opportunities to get in, he's shown that he can make some plays as well. So between the two of them, they might be able to live up to what Jamal gives us."

*** Thursday Update *** RB Jamal Lewis (CLE) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Jamal Lewis (CLE) partially participated in Wednesday's practice. He was eager to see how his hamstring responded to the work. "With a hamstring, it's a muscle," Lewis said. "Nothing heals a muscle but time...time and rest. I've had a lot of time and rest. Hopefully it feels good today when I go out there and put it to the test."

*** Thursday Update *** RB Peyton Hillis (DEN) will start for the team at FB. The team also released Cecil Sapp.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Ryan Torain (DEN) will not play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Rudi Johnson (DET) participated in his first full practice with his new team. HC Rod Marinelli said he saw no lingering effects from Johnson's hamstring injury that kept him out of the entire preseason while with the Bengals. Johnson concurred. "Once I get the pass protections down, I'll be fine," he said. "I haven't practiced since the beginning of last week, so to come out here and test (the hamstring) and get some confidence, it felt very good. No soreness or anything." Johnson will serve as Kevin Smith's backup.

RB Rudi Johnson (DET) Rudi Johnson says he expects to play in Week 1 despite signing with the Lions just a couple of days ago.

*** Friday Update *** RB Kevin Smith (DET) OC Jim Colletto said Smith would start against the Falcons on Sunday, but Rudi Johnson will contribute. "How much he'll play Sunday, I don't know," Colletto said. "But he can play. I don't think we're going to ask Kevin to carry the load the whole day."

*** Saturday Update *** RB Ryan Grant (GB) practiced fully Saturday and will start Monday night against the Vikings. He rested Friday but it was just precautionary. The Packers are a little banged up but coach Mike McCarthy said they'd manage. "We're healthy enough," he said.

*** Friday Update *** RB Ryan Grant (GB) did not practice on Friday. However, he rested as a precaution and is still expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Ryan Grant (GB) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Ryan Grant (GB) did not practice on Wednesday.

RB Ryan Grant (GB) Ryan Grant continued to rest his hamstring on Tuesday and did not participate in any team drills.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Ahman Green (HOU) is not even listed on the team's practice report.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Ahman Green (HOU) practiced on Wednesday and is expected to start this weekend. "I don't see any reason why he won't [start]," said HC Gary Kubiak. "He looked good in practice, today. I plan on playing them all, to be honest with you. I could say right down the middle, but it usually doesn't end up that way. I plan on all of them playing. We'll be smart. He's not going to be ready to go in there and carry the ball an abundant amount of times but he's ready to play."

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Steve Slaton (HOU) won't start this weekend, but he has a bright future according to HC Gary Kubiak. "Eventually this kid has a chance to be a heck of a player," said Kubiak. "How quick he gets to that point this year may have a lot to do with how far we go. But we're going to count on him. He'll get a bulk of work along with Ahman right now. We'll see where he's at but this football team is counting on him growing up pretty quick."

RB Maurice Jones-Drew (JAX) Maurice Jones-Drew returned and didn't appear to carry any residual effects from the sprain he suffered in the preseason game at Tampa on Aug. 23.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Kolby Smith (KC) did not practice on Thursday.

*** Friday Update *** RB Ricky Williams (MIA) will indeed start for the team this weekend according to HC Tony Sparano. "Ricky's going to start the game, yes, but Ronnie is going to play a bunch, and that's the way it goes," Sparano said.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Ricky Williams (MIA) HC Tony Sparano was asked if Williams would be the team's starting running back, and he replied, "You'll have to buy a ticket and see."

*** Friday Update *** RB Maurice Hicks (MIN) did not practice on Friday and is not expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Maurice Hicks (MIN) did not practice on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Kevin Faulk (NE) will not play this weekend as he is serving a one-game suspension from the league.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB LaMont Jordan (NE) With running back Kevin Faulk serving a one-game suspension, the Patriots will need to fill the void in the two-minute offense. Faulk is a major weapon in that package, specifically as a pass catcher, and Jordan has prepared to assume that role if called upon. "I've always been a back who feels like I can do everything -- third down, goal-line -- I think I'm an every-down back," he said.

*** Friday Update *** RB Deuce McAllister (NO) practiced fully on Friday but is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Deuce McAllister (NO) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Deuce McAllister (NO) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** RB Aaron Stecker (NO) did not practice on Friday and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Aaron Stecker (NO) did not practice on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Ahmad Bradshaw (NYG) practiced fully on Wednesday and is expected to play Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Jesse Chatman (NYJ) will not play this weekend as he is serving a four-game suspension from the league.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Luke Lawton (OAK) is officially back on the Raiders' roster after being cut on Saturday. The team waived injured LB Robert Thomas to make room for Lawton on the roster.

*** Friday Update *** RB Lorenzo Booker (PHI) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Lorenzo Booker (PHI) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Lorenzo Booker (PHI) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** RB Rashard Mendenhall (PIT) will supposedly get about a dozen plays this weekend. OC Bruce Arians did say Thursday that he expects Mendenhall to get "10 to 15 plays" while spelling starting running back Willie Parker in the opener Sunday at Heinz Field. "If Willie gets tired, he'll be in there," Arians said of Mendenhall. "No special roles." Arians said the Steelers have not settled on who will be the team's short-yardage back.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Rashard Mendenhall (PIT) will return kickoffs, but HC Mike Tomlin still is not sure how much he will play at halfback. Mendenhall did not help his case when he lost three fumbles in the final two preseason games. "We're looking at his preparation this week, his attention to detail in terms of how he executes his assignments, and his level of ball security," Tomlin said. "That process will be ongoing. That's what it's about. We'll see as we get closer to game time."

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Mewelde Moore (PIT) HC Mike Tomlin said Tuesday at his weekly news conference that Mewelde Moore will serve as the team's third-down back.

RB Julius Jones (SEA) The Seahawks will feature Maurice Morris and Julius Jones as co-starters to begin the season as well as a new fullback, Leonard Weaver. Morris and Jones are better built for HC Mike Holmgren's West Coast Offense and can be used interchangeably. "Mo and Julius are the same kind of player, so the game doesn't change regardless of who's in there," OC Gil Haskell said. There will be runs to the to the outside and are more passes to the backs, including a return of the screen pass that used to be a signature play for the Seahawks. "Julius and I understand our situation," said Morris. "A lot of teams in the league are doing this, so it's no surprise to us that they're going to go in this direction."

*** Friday Update *** RB Brian Leonard (STL) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** RB Brian Leonard (STL) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB Brian Leonard (STL) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** RB B.J. Askew (TB) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** RB B.J. Askew (TB) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** RB B.J. Askew (TB) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** RB Quinton Ganther (TEN) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

Wide Receiver

*** Friday Update *** WR D.J. Hackett (CAR) is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** WR D.J. Hackett (CAR) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR D.J. Hackett (CAR) practiced fully on Wednesday, which makes only 11 full practices for him since the start of camp.

WR D.J. Hackett (CAR) D.J. Hackett is expected back at practice for the Carolina Panthers on Wednesday and, barring any setbacks, should be available for the season opener Sunday.

*** Friday Update *** WR Ryne Robinson (CAR) will not play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Ryne Robinson (CAR) did not practice on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Ryne Robinson (CAR) did not practice on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** WR Steve Smith (CAR) recently mentioned the lingering pain from his shoulder, which he hurt in the preseason game against Washington. "I'm not sure what we'll do at the end of season," he said. "I'll talk to more than one doctor to get a fair assessment on the best procedure to minimize that pain that I have on a day-to-day basis. It really doesn't concern me too much. I'll play this season." Remember that he will not play the first two games.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Steve Smith (CAR) will not play this weekend as he is serving a two-game suspension from the team.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Devin Hester (CHI) has been named one of the team's starting wide receivers.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Brandon Lloyd (CHI) has been named one of the team's starting wide receivers.

*** Friday Update *** WR Andre Caldwell (CIN) partially participated in Friday's practice but is not expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Andre Caldwell (CIN) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Andre Caldwell (CIN) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Chris Henry (CIN) will not play this weekend as he is serving a four-game suspension from the league.

*** Friday Update *** WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh (CIN) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh (CIN) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Friday Update *** WR Chad Johnson (CIN) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Chad Johnson (CIN) practiced fully on Thursday. Also, he is now officially Chad Ocho Cinco according to his uniform.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Chad Johnson (CIN) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** WR Josh Cribbs (CLE) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Josh Cribbs (CLE) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Josh Cribbs (CLE) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Braylon Edwards (CLE) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Syndric Steptoe (CLE) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** WR Miles Austin (DAL) will not play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Miles Austin (DAL) did not practice on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Miles Austin (DAL) did not practice on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** WR Sam Hurd (DAL) will not play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Sam Hurd (DAL) did not practice on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Sam Hurd (DAL) did not practice on Wednesday.

*** Saturday Update *** WR Mike Jefferson (DAL) The Dallas Cowboys have promoted Jefferson from the practice squad. The Cowboys will have four wide receivers for Sunday's opener.

*** Friday Update *** WR Isaiah Stanback (DAL) practiced fully on Friday but is questionable to play this weekend. It looks like he will play though as HC Wade Phillips has said the Cowboys are counting on Stanback to be the #3 receiver.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Isaiah Stanback (DAL) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Isaiah Stanback (DAL) practiced fully on Wednesday.

WR Isaiah Stanback (DAL) Isaiah Stanback, who was expected to handle KR duties this season before dislocating his shoulder, will play in week 1 against the Cleveland Browns. Stanback will probably be relegated to the WR3 role.

*** Friday Update *** WR Darrell Jackson (DEN) practiced fully on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Darrell Jackson (DEN) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Brandon Marshall (DEN) will not play this weekend as he is serving a one-game suspension from the league.

*** Saturday Update *** WR James Jones (GB) missed practice again Saturday and is not expected to play.

*** Friday Update *** WR James Jones (GB) did not practice on Friday and is not expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** WR James Jones (GB) did not practice on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Andre Johnson (HOU) isn't worried about his lack of playing time in the preseason and feels ready to go now. "I'm fine," said Johnson. "I'm not really worried about [the preseason]. The season is here now, and from now on, just have to take it one day at a time and just get better."

*** Friday Update *** WR Pierre Garcon (IND) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Pierre Garcon (IND) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Pierre Garcon (IND) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** WR Roy Hall (IND) did not practice on Friday and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** WR Jerry Porter (JAX) will not play this weekend. HC Jack Del Rio said last week that Porter needed two weeks of practice before he'd be ready to play. "I feel the same way I felt before he started [practicing]," Del Rio said. "I think he needs two weeks. I think you need to work conditioning-wise, rapport with the quarterback ... he just needed to work. When I first laid that out there, I kind of did it so y'all would quit asking. But I also laid it out because it's really what I thought."

*** Thursday Update *** WR Jerry Porter (JAX) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Jerry Porter (JAX) practiced fully on Wednesday.

WR Jerry Porter (JAX) Jerry Porter practiced with the Jaguars for the first time in more than two months on Monday, but it's unlikely he'll play Sunday in the season opener at Tennessee. HC Jack Del Rio said last week that he'd like Porter to put in at least two weeks of practice before he's allowed to participate in live action, but the coach declined to put a timetable on the receiver's availability for the season opener. "When he's ready to go, we'll play him," Del Rio said. "There's really nothing to add. He practiced today. It was good to have him back out there."

*** Friday Update *** WR Reggie Williams (JAX) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Reggie Williams (JAX) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Reggie Williams (JAX) missed practice on Wednesday due to a hamstring injury and may not be able to play in the team's season opener on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. Williams spent the practice time working with team trainers and riding on a stationary bike.

*** Friday Update *** WR Will Franklin (KC) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Will Franklin (KC) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Will Franklin (KC) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Greg Camarillo (MIA) worked with the first-team offense during Wednesday's practice, replacing Derek Hagan, who dropped two passes in the Dolphins' final exhibition game. Hagan practiced with the second unit on Wednesday. It is unclear what this means for the season opener, but it is an abrupt change. "I think what Greg has done throughout training camp, from my standpoint, is I think he's really been a pretty consistent player," said HC Tony Sparano. "We really haven't given him a lot of opportunities out there to be out on the field for long periods of time."

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Bernard Berrian (MIN) is not even listed on the team's injury report and should be ready to go as expected this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** WR Robert Ferguson (MIN) partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Robert Ferguson (MIN) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** WR Sam Aiken (NE) will not play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Sam Aiken (NE) did not practice on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Sam Aiken (NE) did not practice on Wednesday.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Plaxico Burress (NYG) has signed a five-year extension with the Giants.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Domenik Hixon (NYG) partially participated in Wednesday's practice and remains questionable for Thursday's game.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR David Clowney (NYJ) will not play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** WR Laveranues Coles (NYJ) partially participated in Friday's practice and is listed as questionable but the feeling is that he'll be able to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Laveranues Coles (NYJ) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Laveranues Coles (NYJ) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** WR Marcus Henry (NYJ) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Marcus Henry (NYJ) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Marcus Henry (NYJ) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Saturday Update *** WR Javon Walker (OAK) practiced at full speed Saturday, coach Lane Kiffin said, and he's expected to start Monday night's season opener against the visiting Denver Broncos. Walker slightly pulled his left hamstring Monday and was limited in practice during the week. Kiffin said Walker needed to practice Saturday if he wanted to play, and Walker delivered.

*** Friday Update *** WR Javon Walker (OAK) did not practice on Friday and is questionable to play this weekend. However, he says he'll play Monday - even if it means being a decoy. "We just need to win games, so [I'll do] anything possible to be out there and play," Walker said.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Javon Walker (OAK) did not practice on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Javon Walker (OAK) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** WR Reggie Brown (PHI) did not practice on Friday and is not expected to play this weekend. "He went out and practiced [Wednesday] and it just didn't feel too right to him," HC Andy Reid said. "He stretched out for a ball and felt a kind of a tug in there, so we backed off immediately on him. Reid said that he'll use a "by committee" approach that would include his four healthy receivers - Hank Baskett, Jason Avant, Greg Lewis and rookie DeSean Jackson.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Reggie Brown (PHI) did not practice on Thursday. OC Marty Mornhinweg had this to say: "Reggie is day-to-day right now, so DeSean will start at the front flanker it looks like."

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Reggie Brown (PHI) partially participated in Wednesday's practice. HC Andy Reid says he will monitor Brown's progress in the days leading up to kickoff. "We'll play it day by day here and see how he does," Reid said.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Kevin Curtis (PHI) will not play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** WR Deion Branch (SEA) partially participated on Friday but will not play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Deion Branch (SEA) did some individual work on Thursday but is not expected to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Deion Branch (SEA) said on Tuesday that while his recovery from a knee injury is going well, he is not yet ready to return to the practice field. "I'm close to returning," Branch said. "I wouldn't say I'm ready right now, if you asked me today." HC Mike Holmgren said on Wednesday that Branch will practice this week for the first time this season. If Branch responds favorably to the work out, there is a chance that he could play in the team's season opener on Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Branch did partially participate in Wednesday's practice session. The bottom line, however, is that Branch is unlikely to see action this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Nate Burleson (SEA) HC Mike Holmgren admitted that while Deion Branch and potentially Bobby Engram are closer than expected to return, he'll likely employ Nate Burleson and Courtney Taylor as the starters at Buffalo. Branch plans on testing his knee in practice today or tomorrow. "As you know we're a little banged up at wide receiver," said Holmgren. "I think we get Engram and Branch back here pretty quickly. But for the first ballgame, we're having to go with young guys who I think are pretty talented and have done a nice job in training camp."

*** Friday Update *** WR Bobby Engram (SEA) will not play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Bobby Engram (SEA) will not play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** WR Courtney Taylor (SEA) is expected to start alongside Nate Burleson since Deion Branch is out. Logan Payne and Jordan Kent will see time as well.

WR Bryant Johnson (SF) OC Mike Martz had much to say on who will start at split end opposite Issac Bruce. "It's hard with Josh because he's a rookie. The tempo of a regular season and preseason game is substantially different [especially] to play under that pressure all of a sudden if you're a rookie that's assured...So to say that Josh is the guy that's going to start excelling at stuff, he's in it obviously but we're really kind of depending on [Bryant Johnson] to step up now and be healthy and ready to go," Martz said.

WR Josh Morgan (SF) OC Mike Martz had much to say on who will start at split end opposite Issac Bruce. "It's hard with Josh because he's a rookie. The tempo of a regular season and preseason game is substantially different [especially] to play under that pressure all of a sudden if you're a rookie that's assured...So to say that Josh is the guy that's going to start excelling at stuff, he's in it obviously but we're really kind of depending on [Bryant Johnson] to step up now and be healthy and ready to go," Martz said.

*** Friday Update *** WR Donnie Avery (STL) will not play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Donnie Avery (STL) did not practice on Thursday. He is not expected to play on Sunday.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Donnie Avery (STL) did not practice on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** WR Antonio Bryant (TB) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Antonio Bryant (TB) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Antonio Bryant (TB) has been named one of the team's starting wide receivers. "He's going to be out there with Joey," receiver Ike Hilliard said. "That's the decision coach Gruden made. He's obviously a guy we're looking forward to taking our offense to another level."

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Antonio Bryant (TB) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** WR Michael Clayton (TB) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Michael Clayton (TB) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Michael Clayton (TB) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** WR Joey Galloway (TB) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** WR Joey Galloway (TB) partially participated in Thursday's practice. He says he's anxious to get on the field. "The zookeeper posts the times the white tiger gets to eat," Galloway said. "I'm hoping he's going to post one this Sunday and let me eat."

Coach Jon Gruden was noncommital after practice.

"I expect him to, but again we have a couple more days to go," the coach said. "We'll see how he feels. He's getting better."

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Joey Galloway (TB) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Justin McCareins (TEN) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** WR Malcolm Kelly (WAS) is ready to return to practice after missing the entire preseason after having knee surgery. HC Jim Zorn said he could be back to face New Orleans as well. "I'm hoping he comes on strong," Zorn said. "We'd like to get him active if we can."

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Malcolm Kelly (WAS) will not play on Thursday.

WR Malcolm Kelly (WAS) Malcolm Kelly did not practice on Monday or Tuesday and will not play on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** WR Antwaan Randle El (WAS) practiced fully on Wednesday and is expected to play Thursday.

WR Antwaan Randle El (WAS) Antwaan Randle El practiced on Monday and Tuesday and is expected to play on Thursday.

Tight End

*** Friday Update *** TE Ben Patrick (ARI) partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** TE Ben Patrick (ARI) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Ben Patrick (ARI) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** TE Jerame Tuman (ARI) did not practice on Friday and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** TE Jerame Tuman (ARI) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** TE Todd Heap (BAL) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** TE Todd Heap (BAL) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Todd Heap (BAL) partially participated in Wednesday's practice. Heap says he was able to use the preseason to get healthy. "My mindset was I was trying to get healthy," said Heap. "If I was healthy for preseason, I would've played. When I wasn't, I was like, 'I've got to get healthy.' So that's what I've done up to this point. Now that I'm healthy, I'm ready to go."

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Derek Fine (BUF) will not play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Matt Murphy (BUF) will not play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** TE Desmond Clark (CHI) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** TE Desmond Clark (CHI) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Desmond Clark (CHI) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Darnell Dinkins (CLE) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Steve Heiden (CLE) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** TE Martin Rucker (CLE) will not play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** TE Martin Rucker (CLE) did not practice on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Martin Rucker (CLE) did not practice on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** TE Dan Campbell (DET) partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** TE Dan Campbell (DET) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Dan Campbell (DET) partially participated in Wednesday's practice and appears to be ready to go. "Campbell practiced full the last two days," said HC Rod Marinelli. "They say limited, but we just had hits every period in full pads and he was fine."

*** Friday Update *** TE Greg Estandia (JAX) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** TE Greg Estandia (JAX) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Greg Estandia (JAX) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** TE Ben Watson (NE) did not practice on Friday and is not expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** TE Ben Watson (NE) did not practice on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Ben Watson (NE) did not practice on Wednesday. There has been little discussion on his status, but it is often a bad sign when a Patriots player does not participate at all on Wednesday.

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Jeremy Shockey (NO) is not even listed on the Saints' injury report.

*** Friday Update *** TE Ben Troupe (OAK) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** TE Ben Troupe (OAK) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Ben Troupe (OAK) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** TE Sean McHugh (PIT) will not play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** TE Sean McHugh (PIT) did not practice on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Sean McHugh (PIT) was signed by the team.

*** Friday Update *** TE Antonio Gates (SD) practiced fully on Thursday and Friday and is expected to start this weekend. Correcting a story from yesterday where it was reported that he would not start. He still may be limited as there are questions as to how the toe will react to game time situations.

*** Thursday Update *** TE Antonio Gates (SD) expects not to be able to make his usual contribution Sunday against the Carolina Panthers. "I won't start the game, obviously, but just trying to monitor the situation and do all I can," Gates said. "Just depending how it feels when I get out there, how I feel and whatever (the staff wants) me to do. "This thing (toe) is so tricky on what I'm able to do. There's times I'm out here and I feel like I'm Superman, and then there's times I come out here and it just won't allow me to do certain things. Sunday will definitely tell the tale and give me a clear picture of what I can do in the game."

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Antonio Gates (SD) practiced fully on Wednesday and appears to be ready to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** TE John Carlson (SEA) was named the starter for Week 1 against Buffalo.

*** Friday Update *** TE Delanie Walker (SF) did not practice on Friday but is still expected to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** TE Jerramy Stevens (TB) will not play this weekend as he is serving a two-game suspension from the league.

Kicker

*** Friday Update *** PK Phil Dawson (CLE) partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** PK Stephen Gostkowski (NE) was excused from Thursday's practice.

*** Saturday Update *** PK Lawrence Tynes (NYG) is not close to returning the field. The team has been using PK John Carney in his place. "The fact we have two more games and then a bye week is kind of helping things," Tynes said. "I don't want to come back too quick and put our team in a bind, where we're looking for a kicker in week five or six because I came back too quickly."

*** Wednesday Update *** PK Lawrence Tynes (NYG) did not practice on Wednesday and will not play on Thursday.

PK Lawrence Tynes (NYG) Lawrence Tynes did not practice on Monday or Tuesday and is not expected to kick on Thursday.

PK Olindo Mare (SEA) The Seahawks will go with PK Olindo Mare, who beat out rookie Brandon Coutu for the job. Mare was chosen for his experience and longer kickoffs. For now, it appears Coutu will remain on the roster, but that could change with the Week 2 return of DT Rocky Bernard and DB Jordan Babineaux.

*** Thursday Update *** PK Rob Bironas (TEN) was excused from Thursday's practice.

Offensive Line

*** Saturday Update *** OL Arizona Cardinals (ARI) C Al Johnson has been lost for the season after being placed on the injured reserve list with a knee injury.

C Pat Ross has been activated from the practice squad to the active roster.

*** Friday Update *** OL Arizona Cardinals (ARI) T Mike Gandy practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

C Al Johnson did not practice on Friday and is not expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** OL Arizona Cardinals (ARI) T Mike Gandy practiced fully on Thursday.

C Al Johnson did not practice on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Arizona Cardinals (ARI) C Al Johnson did not practice on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** OL Atlanta Falcons (ATL) C Alex Stepanovich did not practice on Friday and is not expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** OL Atlanta Falcons (ATL) C Alex Stepanovich did not practice on Thursday.

*** Friday Update *** OL Baltimore Ravens (BAL) T Oniel Cousins practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

T Marshal Yanda practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** OL Baltimore Ravens (BAL) T Willie Anderson is expected to sign with the Ravens on Friday morning.

T Oniel Cousins practiced fully on Thursday.

T Marshal Yanda practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Saturday Update *** OL Buffalo Bills (BUF) T Jason Peters officially reported to the Buffalo Bills today. He declined to talk to the media.

*** Friday Update *** OL Buffalo Bills (BUF) LT Jason Peters informed the Bills on Friday that he plans to end his summer-long holdout and report to the team Saturday, one day before Buffalo opens its season against Seattle. The team already has made the decision that Peters will not play Sunday against Seattle. But Peters already has applied to the league for reinstatement and the NFL is expected to grant the Bills a two-game roster exemption. However, Buffalo could opt to activate Peters at any time, and would be expected to do so next week, meaning he would likely be available to play Sept. 14 at Jacksonville.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Buffalo Bills (BUF) T Jason Peters is still holding out for a new deal and does not appear close to returning to the team.

*** Friday Update *** OL Carolina Panthers (CAR) G Geoff Hangartner is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** OL Carolina Panthers (CAR) G Geoff Hangartner practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Carolina Panthers (CAR) G Geoff Hangartner practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** OL Chicago Bears (CHI) G Terrence Metcalf practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** OL Chicago Bears (CHI) G Terrence Metcalf practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Chicago Bears (CHI) C Patrick Mannelly practiced fully on Wednesday.

G Terrence Metcalf practiced fully on Wednesday.

T Chris Williams did not practice on Wednesday.

OL Chicago Bears (CHI) The Bears acquired OL Dan Buenning from the Buccaneers in exchange for an undisclosed 2009 draft pick.

*** Friday Update *** OL Cleveland Browns (CLE) G Rex Hadnot did not practice on Friday and is questionable to play this weekend.

G Ryan Tucker did not practice on Friday and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** OL Cleveland Browns (CLE) G Rex Hadnot did not practice on Thursday.

G Ryan Tucker partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Cleveland Browns (CLE) G Rex Hadnot did not practice on Wednesday.

G Ryan Tucker partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** OL Dallas Cowboys (DAL) G Kyle Kosier will not play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** OL Dallas Cowboys (DAL) G Kyle Kosier did not practice on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Dallas Cowboys (DAL) G Kyle Kosier did not practice on Wednesday.

*** Saturday Update *** OL Denver Broncos (DEN) The Broncos are expecting OL Tom Nalen to return to practice next week, potentially on a limited basis. Nalen did not play all preseason because of a left knee injury, for which he had surgery in July.

*** Thursday Update *** OL Denver Broncos (DEN) C Tom Nalen will not play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Detroit Lions (DET) C Alex Stepanovich did not practice on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** OL Green Bay Packers (GB) C Scott Wells did not practice on Friday and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** OL Green Bay Packers (GB) T Chad Clifton partially participated in Thursday's practice.

G Josh Sitton will not play this weekend.

C Scott Wells did not practice on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Green Bay Packers (GB) C Scott Wells' back is acting up again. The last time his lower back flared up, it kept him out more than two weeks. Considering that the Packers' starting center aggravated the injury after only one day back on the field, it looks unlikely that he will be available for Monday night's regular-season opener against the Minnesota Vikings. Packers coach Mike McCarthy called it "a setback with his low back/trunk injury, so we're gathering more information on Scott."

*** Saturday Update *** OL Houston Texans (HOU) T Eric Winston has agreed to a five-year, $30 million contract extension. The deal includes $10 million in guarantees.

*** Friday Update *** OL Houston Texans (HOU) T Rashad Butler partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

T Ephraim Salaam partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** OL Houston Texans (HOU) T Rashad Butler partially participated in Thursday's practice.

T Ephraim Salaam partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Houston Texans (HOU) T Rashad Butler partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

T Ephraim Salaam partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** OL Indianapolis Colts (IND) G Mike Pollak will not play this weekend.

C Jeff Saturday will not play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** OL Indianapolis Colts (IND) G Mike Pollak did not practice on Thursday.

C Jeff Saturday did not practice on Thursday. Saturday consulted with team trainers and doctors, and has decided against surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right knee. He will continue to rehab the knee and hopes for a quick return. "We are at the point where I'm letting it heal by itself. If anything were to happen, that can be an issue. But it's not what we are going to do. I'm not going to get surgery. Unless something else happens to it, I'm going to stay with the way it is now," Saturday said Thursday. It is unknown when Saturday will be able to return to practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Indianapolis Colts (IND) G Mike Pollak did not practice on Wednesday.

C Jeff Saturday did not practice on Wednesday. He is unlikely to play this weekend. Rookie Jamey Richard is expected to start at center.

*** Friday Update *** OL Jacksonville Jaguars (JAX) T Maurice Williams practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

The agent for Jacksonville Jaguars offensive tackle Richard Collier told the Times-Union on Thursday that his client is making gradual improvement from his gunshot wounds but remains in intensive care at Shands Jacksonville Hospital and is "not out of the woods yet." "[The family] seems pretty upbeat he's going to make it," agent Jeff Jankovich said. "He's awake at times. He's still in intensive care, but he's stable. Every time they've talked to the doctors, it seems like it's a little bit better. It's still precarious. There may be more surgery needed, but it seems encouraging at this point."

*** Thursday Update *** OL Jacksonville Jaguars (JAX) T Richard Collier was placed on the reserve/non-football injury list today to make room for T Charles Spencer, who was signed Wednesday. Collier remains in critical condition Thursday after he was shot early Tuesday morning outside an apartment complex in Jacksonville.

T Maurice Williams practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Jacksonville Jaguars (JAX) T Richard Collier will not play this weekend as he is still hospitalized.

C Brad Meester will not play this weekend.

T Maurice Williams practiced fully on Wednesday.

OL Jacksonville Jaguars (JAX) T Richard Collier was shot and critically wounded outside an apartment building early Tuesday as he and a former Jacksonville teammate waited for two women they had met at a nightclub, authorities said. A gunman fired into the Cadillac Escalade where Collier was waiting, said Jacksonville Sheriff's Office spokesman Ken Jefferson. Collier was shot several times, but it wasn't clear where he was hit. He was in critical condition at Shands Jacksonville Medical Center but spokesman Chris Turner said the hospital was no longer giving updates on Collier's condition.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Minnesota Vikings (MIN) T Bryant McKinnie will not play this weekend as he is serving a four-game suspension from the league.

*** Friday Update *** OL New England Patriots (NE) C Dan Connolly did not practice on Friday and is questionable to play this weekend.

G Russ Hochstein practiced fully on Friday but is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** OL New England Patriots (NE) C Dan Connolly did not practice on Thursday.

G Russ Hochstein practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL New England Patriots (NE) C Dan Connolly did not practice on Wednesday.

G Russ Hochstein partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** OL New York Jets (NYJ) T Damien Woody partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** OL New York Jets (NYJ) T Damien Woody partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** OL New York Jets (NYJ) G Damien Woody partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL New York Jets (NYJ) G Damien Woody partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Philadelphia Eagles (PHI) G Max Jean-Gilles practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** OL San Diego Chargers (SD) C Nick Hardwick will not play this weekend.

T Marcus McNeill will not play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL San Diego Chargers (SD) T Marcus McNeill is not expected to start this weekend. L.J. Shelton is expected to start in his place.

C Cory Withrow has been placed on the injured reserve list with a hamstring injury.

OL San Diego Chargers (SD) An MRI exam was negative for Chargers LT Marcus McNeill and he could begin practicing very soon, but it will likely be too late for him to get in game-shape for Sunday's tilt against the Panthers. When asked to confirm, HC Norv Turner said, "Yeah, I hate to get into those most-likelys, but that's probably correct." McNeill, who says he is pain-free, is scheduled to visit a spine specialist in Los Angeles tomorrow to find out if he is OK to officially return. While his injury has been described as a stinger, McNeill said the injury was more like a bulging disc near his spinal cord. He hasn't worked out in a month.

*** Friday Update *** OL Seattle Seahawks (SEA) T Sean Locklear did not practice on Friday and is not expected to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Seattle Seahawks (SEA) T Sean Locklear did not practice on Wednesday and will not play this weekend. Ray Willis will start in his place.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL San Francisco 49ers (SF) G Adam Snyder practiced on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** OL St. Louis Rams (STL) C Brett Romberg practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** OL St. Louis Rams (STL) C Brett Romberg practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL St. Louis Rams (STL) C Brett Romberg partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** OL Tampa Bay Buccaneers (TB) G Davin Joseph will not play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** OL Tampa Bay Buccaneers (TB) G Davin Joseph did not practice on Thursday.

C Sean Mahan partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** OL Tampa Bay Buccaneers (TB) G Davin Joseph did not practice on Wednesday.

C Sean Mahan partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

OL Tampa Bay Buccaneers (TB) The Buccaneers acquired OL Sean Mahan from the Steelers in exchange for an undisclosed 2009 draft pick.

Defensive Tackle

*** Friday Update *** DT Alan Branch (ARI) did not practice on Friday and is not expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DT Alan Branch (ARI) did not practice on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** DT Alan Branch (ARI) did not practice on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** DT Gabriel Watson (ARI) partially participated in Friday's practice but is not expected to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** DT Gabriel Watson (ARI) did not practice on Wednesday.

*** Wednesday Update *** DT Jonathan Babineaux (ATL) will not play this weekend as he is serving a one-game suspension from the league.

*** Friday Update *** DT Kelly Gregg (BAL) partially participated in Friday's practice but is not expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DT Kelly Gregg (BAL) did not practice on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** DT Kelly Gregg (BAL) did not practice on Wednesday. "I think Kelly Gregg is day-to-day," said HC John Harbaugh. "So he wasn't practicing today."

*** Friday Update *** DT Spencer Johnson (BUF) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DT Spencer Johnson (BUF) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** DT Dusty Dvoracek (CHI) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DT Dusty Dvoracek (CHI) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** DT Dusty Dvoracek (CHI) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** DT Tommie Harris (CHI) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DT Tommie Harris (CHI) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** DT Tommie Harris (CHI) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** DT Jonathan Fanene (CIN) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DT Jonathan Fanene (CIN) did not practice on Thursday due to illness.

*** Wednesday Update *** DT Jonathan Fanene (CIN) did not practice on Wednesday.

*** Wednesday Update *** DT Pat Sims (CIN) will not play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DT John Thornton (CIN) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DT John Thornton (CIN) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** DT Dewayne Robertson (DEN) practiced fully on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DT Dewayne Robertson (DEN) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** DT Derek Landri (JAX) will not play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DT Derek Landri (JAX) did not practice on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** DT Derek Landri (JAX) did not practice on Wednesday.

*** Thursday Update *** DT Tank Tyler (KC) was excused from Thursday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** DT LeKevin Smith (NE) practiced fully on Friday but is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DT LeKevin Smith (NE) did not practice on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** DT LeKevin Smith (NE) did not practice on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** DT Hollis Thomas (NO) will not play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DT Hollis Thomas (NO) did not practice on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** DT Hollis Thomas (NO) did not practice on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** DT Brian Young (NO) practiced fully on Friday but is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DT Brian Young (NO) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** DT Brian Young (NO) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** DT Jamal Williams (SD) practiced fully on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** DT Jamal Williams (SD) practiced fully on Wednesday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** DT Robert Bernard (SEA) will not play this weekend as he is serving a one-game suspension from the league.

*** Friday Update *** DT Aubrayo Franklin (SF) practiced fully on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DT Aubrayo Franklin (SF) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** DT Jovan Haye (TB) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DT Jovan Haye (TB) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** DT Jovan Haye (TB) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** DT Ryan Sims (TB) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DT Ryan Sims (TB) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** DT Ryan Sims (TB) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Defensive End

*** Thursday Update *** DE Jamaal Anderson (ATL) will shift inside on passing situations. Under the tutelage of DL coach Ray Hamilton, Anderson is getting stronger and learning how to use his power and how to mix up his moves to throw offensive linemen off-balance. Anderson's job will similar to that of Giants DE Justin Tuck. "I was able to see what Justin Tuck did last year. I can definitely use my quickness to my advantage in the middle. We are just trying to find mismatches on the field and utilize them," Anderson said.

*** Friday Update *** DE Mark Anderson (CHI) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DE Mark Anderson (CHI) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** DE Mark Anderson (CHI) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Saturday Update *** DE Antwan Odom (CIN) has declared that is ready to start and play on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens. "I'm back," Odom said. "I'm 100 percent now. It feels good. I'll definitely be ready.

*** Friday Update *** DE Antwan Odom (CIN) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DE Antwan Odom (CIN) practiced fully on Thursday.

DE Antwan Odom (CIN) Antwan Odom practiced Monday for the first time since Day 1 of training camp. Odom was sidelined with a foot sprain, although he was not running with the first team just yet.

*** Friday Update *** DE Elvis Dumervil (DEN) practiced fully on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DE Elvis Dumervil (DEN) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** DE Ebenezer Ekuban (DEN) practiced fully on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DE Ebenezer Ekuban (DEN) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (FA) did not practice on Friday. However, he rested as a precaution and is still expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (FA) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** DE Erasmus James (FA) has been through enough knee injuries to know when he feels absolutely 100 percent. He's not there quite yet, but believes he is getting close. James played in the Washington Redskins' final two preseason games in a limited role and is ready to play tomorrow in the regular season opener against the New York Giants. How much he will play remains to be seen. "The biggest thing for me is just continuing to get better and get even healthier," James said. "I'm not quite 100 percent yet, but I feel like every day I go out there and get better. That feels good."

*** Friday Update *** DE Jeremy Thompson (GB) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DE Jeremy Thompson (GB) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** DE Earl Cochran (HOU) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DE Earl Cochran (HOU) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** DE Earl Cochran (HOU) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** DE Dwight Freeney (IND) was excused from Friday's practice. However, he is not listed on the team's injury report.

*** Friday Update *** DE Curtis Johnson (IND) practiced fully on Friday but is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DE Mathias Kiwanuka (NYG) said on Friday that Washington Redskins tackle Chris Samuels made a dirty play when he fell on the back of his ankle after being beaten on a pass rush on the final play of the NFL season opener. Kiwanuka hurt his left ankle on the play. X-rays were negative, but the ankle was still sore on Friday, and so was Kiwanuka. Replays showed that Kiwanuka beat Samuel to the outside on a pass rush and started moving toward Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell in the waning seconds of the Giants' 16-7 victory. Samuels quickly turned and made a low lunging tackle, wrapping his arms around Kiwanuka's legs. His upper torso pinned Kiwanuka's left ankle. "Honestly, I thought it was a dirty play," Kiwanuka said. "There's no question about it. He was definitely beat and instead of recovering or giving up, I don't know how many options you had, but I just don't think there is any place for that in the NFL." Samuels said he wasn't trying to hurt anyone. "On that particular play I was just trying to protect my quarterback," Samuels said through a Redskins spokesman. "It was never my intention to go out there and injure another player."

*** Friday Update *** DE Shaun Ellis (NYJ) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DE Shaun Ellis (NYJ) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** DE Shaun Ellis (NYJ) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** DE Kalimba Edwards (OAK) did not practice on Friday and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DE Kalimba Edwards (OAK) did not practice on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** DE Kalimba Edwards (OAK) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** DE Victor Abiamiri (PHI) will not play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** DE Chris Clemons (PHI) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DE Chris Clemons (PHI) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** DE Chris Clemons (PHI) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** DE Baraka Atkins (SEA) partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** DE Baraka Atkins (SEA) did not practice on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** DE Jason Jones (TEN) practiced fully on Friday but is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** DE Jason Jones (TEN) did not practice on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** DE Jason Jones (TEN) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** DE Jason Taylor (WAS) partially participated in Wednesday's practice and remains questionable for Thursday's game. "It will be a game time decision because he wasn't quite full speed - he was seeing how it would be," HC Jim Zorn said. "There's more hope, but it's still easily 50-50. He wants to be full speed, but he's not 50 percent yet from what I saw today."

DE Jason Taylor (WAS) Jason Taylor practiced today after trying on several knee braces. It's looking like a game-time decision for Taylor as HC Jim Zorn said, "I'd say it's easily 50-50 whether he plays or not." If he does play, it will be part of a rotation so as to not overwork Taylor's bone bruise.

Inside Linebacker

*** Friday Update *** ILB Paul Posluszny (BUF) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** ILB Paul Posluszny (BUF) did not practice on Thursday.

*** Friday Update *** ILB Beau Bell (CLE) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** ILB Beau Bell (CLE) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** ILB Beau Bell (CLE) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** ILB Leon Williams (CLE) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** ILB Napoleon Harris (MIN) will not play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** ILB Mark Simoneau (NO) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** ILB Mark Simoneau (NO) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** ILB Mark Simoneau (NO) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** ILB Jonathan Goff (NYG) will not play on Thursday.

ILB Jonathan Goff (NYG) Jonathan Goff will not play on Thursday.

ILB Larry Foote (PIT) Larry Foote was practicing with the first team after recovering from an injured knee which forced him to miss last week's preseason game.

*** Wednesday Update *** ILB Stephen Cooper (SD) will not play this weekend as he is serving a four-game suspension from the league.

*** Friday Update *** ILB Lofa Tatupu (SEA) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** ILB Lofa Tatupu (SEA) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

Outside Linebacker

*** Thursday Update *** OLB Angelo Crowell (BUF) has been lost for the entire season after being placed on the injured reserve list with a knee injury.

*** Friday Update *** OLB Brandon Johnson (CIN) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** OLB Brandon Johnson (CIN) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** OLB Brandon Johnson (CIN) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** OLB Kris Griffin (CLE) will not play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** OLB Kris Griffin (CLE) did not practice on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** OLB Kris Griffin (CLE) did not practice on Wednesday.

*** Wednesday Update *** OLB Willie McGinest (CLE) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Thursday Update *** OLB Antwan Peek (CLE) has been lost for the entire season after being placed on the injured reserve list with a knee injury.

*** Wednesday Update *** OLB Antwan Peek (CLE) partially participated in Wednesday's practice. He reportedly left practice early with an apparent knee injury and did not return.

*** Friday Update *** OLB Anthony Spencer (DAL) will not play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** OLB Anthony Spencer (DAL) did not practice on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** OLB Anthony Spencer (DAL) did not practice on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** OLB Boss Bailey (DEN) practiced fully on Thursday and Friday but is officially questionable to play this weekend. However, Bailey pronounced himself sufficiently healed from his high ankle sprain Thursday, adding he'll be ready for the season opener Monday night at Oakland. "I'll be there," Bailey said. "The last few days, it felt good. And I feel like there's no going backward now."

*** Thursday Update *** OLB Boss Bailey (DEN) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** OLB Louis Green (DEN) did not practice on Thursday nor on Friday and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** OLB Louis Green (DEN) did not practice on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** OLB A.J. Hawk (GB) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** OLB A.J. Hawk (GB) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** OLB Xavier Adibi (HOU) did not practice on Friday and is not expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** OLB Xavier Adibi (HOU) did not practice on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** OLB Xavier Adibi (HOU) did not practice on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** OLB Troy Evans (NO) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** OLB Troy Evans (NO) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** OLB Troy Evans (NO) did not practice on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** OLB Tracy White (PHI) partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** OLB Tracy White (PHI) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** OLB James Harrison (PIT) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** OLB Shawne Merriman (SD) practiced fully on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** OLB Shawne Merriman (SD) practiced fully on Wednesday and expects to play this weekend.

OLB Shawne Merriman (SD) Shawne Merriman said his knee felt good after practicing for the first time since Aug. 7. He is expected to play in the opener despite two torn knee ligaments.

*** Friday Update *** OLB Parys Haralson (SF) practiced fully on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** OLB Parys Haralson (SF) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** OLB Matthew McCoy (TB) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** OLB Matthew McCoy (TB) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** OLB Matthew McCoy (TB) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** OLB Khary Campbell (WAS) practiced fully on Wednesday and is expected to play Thursday.

Cornerback

CB Domonique Foxworth (ATL) Domonique Foxworth found a new home quickly after being told he would be traded by the Broncos. Twenty-four hours later, he is with the Atlanta Falcons, who gave up an undisclosed draft pick in 2009. Brent Grimes and Chris Houston are the Falcon's current starters, but Atlanta has been in the market for additional help at the position as first-year head coach Mike Smith tries to rebuild the defense.

CB Chris McAlister (BAL) Chris McAlister practiced Monday. "All you can go by is what you see," Harbaugh said. "In practice today, he did a nice job. So that's where we're at."

*** Wednesday Update *** CB Fabian Washington (BAL) will not play this weekend as he is serving a one-game suspension from the league.

*** Saturday Update *** CB Adam Jones (DAL) will start for the Cowboys in their season opener against the Browns, said team owner Jerry Jones.

*** Friday Update *** CB Terence Newman (DAL) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** CB Terence Newman (DAL) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** CB Terence Newman (DAL) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Thursday Update *** CB Charles Woodson (GB) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** CB Scott Starks (JAX) practiced fully on Friday but is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** CB Scott Starks (JAX) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** CB Scott Starks (JAX) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** CB Michael Lehan (MIA) practiced fully on Friday but is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Wednesday Update *** CB Brandon Meriweather (NE) Meriweather, who has been sidelined with a leg injury suffered Aug. 17 in a preseason game against Tampa Bay, said he expects to play Sunday against the Chiefs.

*** Wednesday Update *** CB Deltha ONeal (NE) practiced on Wednesday and could see action this weekend. He says he "is happy to be" in New England.

*** Friday Update *** CB Mike McKenzie (NO) practiced fully on Friday but is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** CB Mike McKenzie (NO) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** CB Mike McKenzie (NO) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Wednesday Update *** CB Terrell Thomas (NYG) will not play on Thursday.

CB Terrell Thomas (NYG) Terrell Thomas will not play on Thursday.

*** Friday Update *** CB David Barrett (NYJ) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** CB David Barrett (NYJ) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** CB David Barrett (NYJ) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** CB Justin Miller (OAK) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** CB Justin Miller (OAK) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** CB Justin Miller (OAK) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** CB Lito Sheppard (PHI) Agent Drew Rosenhaus says the Eagles got an offer for Sheppard within the past few weeks, and he still expects Lito to be traded shortly. "At least one team has made a recent trade proposal to the Eagles," Rosenhaus wrote in an e-mail. "The Eagles didn't like the compensation and turned it down. I will not identify the team at this time. I think there is a very good chance Lito gets traded in the next few weeks."

*** Saturday Update *** CB Fakhir Brown (STL) practiced without restrictions this week and should play this Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. Brown tore his rotator cuff in the team's first practice but the injury did not require surgery.

*** Friday Update *** CB Fakhir Brown (STL) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** CB Fakhir Brown (STL) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** CB Fakhir Brown (STL) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** CB Aqib Talib (TB) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** CB Aqib Talib (TB) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** CB Shawn Springs (WAS) did not practice on Wednesday but is still expected to play Thursday.

Safety

*** Friday Update *** S Thomas DeCoud (ATL) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** S Thomas DeCoud (ATL) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** S Thomas DeCoud (ATL) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** S Coy Wire (ATL) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** S Coy Wire (ATL) did not practice on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** S Coy Wire (ATL) did not practice on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** S Ed Reed (BAL) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** S Ed Reed (BAL) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** S Ed Reed (BAL) partially participated in Wednesday's practice. It is unknown on whether he will be able to take contact this week. "I wouldn't even speculate on it," said HC John Harbaugh. "As Ed said, it is day-to-day. It's just that it's got to be worked out on its own time frame. I wouldn't be surprised if he did." When asked if Reed would need to take contact in practice in order to play this weekend, Harbaugh replied, "I don't want to speculate."

*** Wednesday Update *** S Mike Brown (CHI) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Wednesday Update *** S Brandon McGowan (CHI) practiced fully on Wednesday.

S Brandon McGowan (CHI) Brandon McGowan has lost his starting job to Kevin Payne.

S Kevin Payne (CHI) Kevin Payne has been named the starting strong safety for the team, ahead of safety Brandon McGowan. "I'm just happy I got an opportunity to go out there and show what I can do," Payne said. "Now I am just ready to go out and help the team. It's a blessing to be able to start."

*** Wednesday Update *** S Chinedum Ndukwe (CIN) will not play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** S Sean Jones (CLE) partially participated in Friday's practice but is still expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** S Sean Jones (CLE) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** S Sean Jones (CLE) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** S Brodney Pool (CLE) did not practice on Friday and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** S Brodney Pool (CLE) did not practice on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** S Brodney Pool (CLE) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** S Keith Davis (DAL) The Cowboys officially announced the signing of safety and special-teamer Davis today. Davis, who played five years with Dallas before leaving for Miami, signed a one-year contract and could play in the season-opener at Cleveland on Sunday.

*** Friday Update *** S Marquand Manuel (DEN) practiced fully on Thursday and Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** S Marquand Manuel (DEN) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** S Atari Bigby (GB) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** S Atari Bigby (GB) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** S Charlie Peprah (GB) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** S Charlie Peprah (GB) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** S Eugene Wilson (HOU) has been signed by the team.

*** Thursday Update *** S Bob Sanders (IND) was excused from Thursday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** S Madieu Williams (MIN) will not play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** S Madieu Williams (MIN) did not practice on Thursday.

*** Friday Update *** S Rashad Baker (OAK) did not practice on Friday and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** S Rashad Baker (OAK) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Friday Update *** S Sean Considine (PHI) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** S Sean Considine (PHI) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** S Sean Considine (PHI) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Friday Update *** S Brian Dawkins (PHI) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** S Brian Dawkins (PHI) practiced fully on Friday and is expected to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** S Brian Dawkins (PHI) practiced fully on Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** S Brian Dawkins (PHI) practiced fully on Wednesday.

*** Wednesday Update *** S Troy Polamalu (PIT) played in both series with the first-team defense Thursday night against Carolina after missing the first three preseason games and the entire training camp with a hamstring injury. "We're just going to toss him in," HC Mike Tomlin said of Polamalu. "That's the nature of this thing. Training camp is important; preseason is important. He missed a bunch of that due to injury. But we play on Sunday and he's going to be a part of it. Hopefully he gets his legs under him quickly."

*** Friday Update *** S Michael Lewis (SF) did not practice on Friday but is still expected to play this weekend.

*** Friday Update *** S Sabby Piscitelli (TB) partially participated in Friday's practice and is questionable to play this weekend.

*** Thursday Update *** S Sabby Piscitelli (TB) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

*** Wednesday Update *** S Sabby Piscitelli (TB) partially participated in Wednesday's practice.

*** Thursday Update *** S Michael Griffin (TEN) did not finish practice today. HC Jeff Fisher dismissed Griffin from practice after an altercation between him and CB Cary Williams. Attempts to calm Griffin down did not work, so Fisher shut him down for the day. A fine is also possible. "I asked him to put it behind him and he couldn't so I sent him in," Fisher said. "I didn't want him to distract the rest of the team. It has happened before. He'll be in the meetings and he'll bounce back."

*** Wednesday Update *** S LaRon Landry (WAS) practiced fully on Wednesday and is expected to play Thursday.

*** Wednesday Update *** S Kareem Moore (WAS) did not practice on Wednesday and is not expected to play Thursday.

General Team News

*** Friday Update *** TM Baltimore Ravens (BAL) To make room for new OT Willie Anderson, the Ravens cut TE Edgar Jones.

*** Thursday Update *** TM Baltimore Ravens (BAL) The Ravens have signed CB Evan Oglesby, who played his first two years in Baltimore. The team also waived CB Anwar Phillips.

*** Saturday Update *** TM Dallas Cowboys (DAL) Owner Jerry Jones said on his weekly radio program Friday that the team will sign a veteran quarterback on Monday to backup QB Tony Romo. There is speculation that will the player will likely be Brooks Bollinger or Chris Simms.

*** Thursday Update *** TM New England Patriots (NE) The Patriots signed TE Stephen Spach to the active roster and released TE Jason Pociask.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM New Orleans Saints (NO) The team will be able to open the season in the Superdome this weekend. "We have been assured by Superdome officials that the stadium is ready to host our fans and our team for a sold-out game this Sunday, and we have been assured by our political leaders that we have their support in making this happen," Saints owner Tom Benson said Tuesday.

*** Wednesday Update *** TM Tennessee Titans (TEN) Rick Roberts, the player agent for free agent wide receiver Roydell Williams, is reportedly considering filing an injury grievance against the Tennessee Titans after claiming Williams was injured at the time of his release by the team.