Preseason Injury Report - August 19
By Mark Wiimer
August 20th, 2010

Now that the 1st full week of preseason games have come and gone, it is a good time to review the injury situation the NFL. There were some new injuries inflicted to fantasy-relevant players during the 1st round of games (NYG QB Eli Manning's head injury, SF TE Vernon Davis' strained knee, ARI Larry Fitzgerald's sprained MCL), as well as some players who returned from offseason woes to play well (DET QB Matthew Stafford, for example). Fantasy owners learned a lot during the 1st round of games. Now that we've seen the players in their pads going full speed, we have a better handle on who is (and who isn't) rounding into shape for the 2010 season. Below is the latest pertinent information on the offensive skill positions (QB, RB, WR, TE, PK) as of August 19th, 2010.

Quarterbacks

CIN QB Carson Palmer said on March 14 that he is four-to-six weeks away from throwing after having surgery on his left thumb to repair ligament damage earlier during the offseason (mid-January). Head coach Marvin Lewis expects Palmer to take part in offseason workouts and minicamps as of March 22. Palmer did extensive work with Antonio Bryant and other receivers (Chad Ochocinco skipped non-mandatory offseason workouts) during June, and it looks like the Bengals may be interested in throwing the ball more during 2010. Palmer is wearing a left knee brace during training camp and preseason games as a precaution - he intends to wear it this year to protect his knee (that was injured during 2005).

CLE QB Jake Delhomme has been working out with the Browns' receivers extensively since March 15, according to reports out of Cleveland on May 23. He seems to be past the nagging injuries that hampered him in Carolina during 2009. On June 5, Browns head coach Eric Mangini said "He's had a really good week. Jake just picks things up and some of it is him picking up and some of it is just him knowing, him understanding, and you don't have to go too in depth with why you're doing it because he gets it. ... It's nice too from a defensive perspective because he's challenging those guys. If your disguise isn't right, he's going to get you." As of June 27, reports out of Cleveland indicated that Delhomme is considered the front-runner to be the starting QB for Cleveland this year. Delhomme looked strong in the Browns' 1st preseason game and seems to be past his troubles from 2009.

CLE QB Colt McCoy left in the 3rd quarter of the Browns preseason game against the Packer after banging his right thumb on a helmet, but X-rays were negative and it's believed to be just a sprain as of 8/16/10. McCoy is expected to miss a few days of practice according to local reports on 8/16/10.

DAL QB Tony Romo was suffering from soreness in his throwing arm over the 1st weekend in August, but on August 3rd we was reportedly feeling better after some rest.

DEN QB Tim Tebow missed part of practice on August 18th after his bruised ribs got increasingly sore - he suffered the rib injury in the 1st preseason game taking a helmet to the ribs as he dived for a TD in the losing Denver effort.

DET QB Matthew Stafford (shoulder and knee injuries suffered during 2009 - the shoulder injury cost him the final four games of the season) said on March 15, "The shoulder feels good. The knee's coming along. I threw today full speed, felt pretty good. Obviously, it's just going to keep getting better. I'm excited to be back and ready to go." Stafford reported on May 16 "I feel a lot better. My shoulder feels good. My knee's feeling a lot better. As far as throwing the ball, I can step into it and let it go as good as I ever have." He also asserted as of May 16 that his recovery was complete. As of July 6 Stafford was working on establishing timing/rhythm with new TE Tony Scheffler - Stafford appears to be back to full health entering training camp. Stafford has displayed a strong, precise arm during training camp practices, according to reports out of the Lions' training camp. He appears to have improved his arm strength while rehabbing his shoulder. Stafford had a solid game during the 1st preseason contest August 14th (8/11 for 61 yards, one TD and one interception) and appears fully recovered from his 2009 injuries.

IND QB Peyton Manning had a surgical procedure on his neck Wednesday, March 3 to relieve pain caused by a pinched nerve. The issue is believed to have been relieved by the procedure and Manning is expected to fully participate in offseason team activities. On June 4, Manning said the neck surgery he had in March has alleviated symptoms that made him get three treatments a day on his neck before the surgery. "I feel good out there throwing, I feel good in my lifting, I feel like everything went according to plan. I'm very relieved of that and I no longer have to get the treatment that I was having to get for the past four years," he said in early June. Colts president Bill Polian said on July 10 that the team is willing to make QB Peyton Manning the highest paid NFL player of all time to ensure he will stay with the team for years to come once his contract ends after the season - Manning's health doesn't appear to be an issue as of July 2010.

MIA QB Chad Pennington is fighting back from shoulder surgery, and has said (on June 23) that he will be ready for the season. Pennington will be the veteran mentor to new starter Chad Henne if Pennington sticks on the roster. As of the 2nd week of August, head coach Sparano doesn't plan to play Pennington much during preseason, indicating that he knows how much work Pennington will need to be ready by regular season.

MIN QB Brett Favre did undergo the ankle surgery necessary for him to be healthy by training camp, according to reports on May 21. On June 16, Dr. James Andrews, the surgeon who repaired Favre's ankle, commented that Favre has a few more weeks of rehab to go through before being ready to make a decision. Favre continues to work out with high school receivers at Oak Grove High School - as of Monday, July 12 - and seemed to be moving around fine on his surgically repaired ankle, according to The Associated Press. He's been throwing passes and testing the ankle for almost a month as of 7/21/10. Favre commented on his ankle's rehabilitation on 7/21 saying: "After almost nine weeks, it's not where I would like it to be, but I'm working at it. Maybe it never gets to where I want it to be. 40 years old...three surgeries...that's all you need to know." Favre reportedly (8/4/10) plans to visit Dr. James Andrews next week to have his ankle checked out. Andrews is the surgeon who worked on his repaired ankle. As of 8/8/10, Favre is still experiencing pain in his ankle when he runs, according to NFL Network reports. However, as of August 18th he is with the team and Favre (ankle) could see some snaps during the team's preseason game Sunday, August 22, but seems certain to play extensively in the team's 3rd preseason contest Saturday, August 28, reports John Clayton, of ESPN. Favre commented in a post-practice interview that he isn't 100% healthy, but that he hasn't been 100% healthy for the last two seasons, either.

NE QB Tom Brady exited 2009 with a variety of injuries (shoulder, finger, and rib injuries) that forced him out of the Pro Bowl. However, Brady publicly stated on Monday, January 25 that none of the injuries were serious enough to require surgery. Brady joined his teammates at voluntary organized team activities Tuesday, June 1 - the injuries do not appear to be a concern going forwards. However, Brady injured a finger during the 1st preseason game, and as usual the Patriots are not being forthcoming with details about the severity of the injury: "I don't think it's life-threatening," said coach Bill Belichick on August 15th. Stay tuned to see how much practice time Brady misses (if any). Brady indicated on August 16th that the injury isn't serious and that he's not concerned about it.

NYG QB Eli Manning spent the 1st months of 2010 rehabbing nagging right foot and ankle injuries that plagued him for most of the 2009 season. He underwent testing and a MRI in early February to make sure that the healing process was on track/going as expected. He has fully participated in training camp and played in the 1st preseason game. Manning said on Tuesday, August 17th, that he suffered no major ill effects after having a three-inch gash opened on his forehead in the team's preseason game Monday, August 16. "I feel fine," Manning said, "I feel normal." The Giants confirmed that Manning showed no signs of a concussion and that X-rays were negative. Twelve stitches were needed to close the gash and Manning was sent home by the medical staff. The team is going to hold Manning out of the 2nd preseason game to avoid aggravating the gash - the move is precautionary and not due to any big concern over Manning's health.

NYJ QB Mark Sanchez is on schedule in his rehabilitation of a knee injury/surgery. Sanchez said on May 12 that he has begun jogging on turf and hoped to be able to participate in the team's minicamp in June. On June 3, he said he believed he would be able to participate in the team's minicamp. Sanchez did not participate in team drills during afternoon practice Monday, June 14, because the team wanted to limit Sanchez to morning practice only during their minicamp - he did participate in the morning practices, though, which is a good sign regarding his recovery. Sanchez said on June 14 that he expects to be a full participant when training camp starts. Sanchez threw for 13/17 for 119 yards, one TD and one interception in the 1st preseason game and appears to be fully healthy as of week two of the preseason.

OAK QB Bruce Gradkowski tore his left pectoral muscle while bench pressing 250 pounds Wednesday, April 14, at team headquarters and had surgery Friday, April 16, to repair the damage, according to his agent, Ralph Cindrich. Cindrich added, "Bruce will be fine by training camp. It was a clean tear and the prognosis is good. The weight isn't an unusual amount for an NFL player, even for a quarterback. It just happened." Gradkowski is expected to make a full recovery in time for training camp. Gradkowski tweaked his groin on Friday, August 6th and is expected to miss the preseason opener as a result.

OAK QB Charlie Frye is expected to miss the 1st preseason game due to a wrist injury, according to reports on Tuesday, August 10th.

SEA QB Matt Hasselbeck struggled with a shoulder injury in the closing weeks of the 2009 season, and the team moved to add QB Charlie Whitehurst to the roster earlier this offseason via a high-profile trade with the Chargers. During the month of June, there were several positive reports about Hasselbeck's performance during OTAs and minicamp - he currently looks like the front runner for the #1 QB job. However, on August 9th it was reported that Hasselbeck is dealing with a hamstring injury. He sat out team drills on August 8th. Head coach Pete Carroll indicated Hasselbeck is expected to be back at full speed Tuesday, August 10. Stay tuned on this injury - hamstring injuries can become nagging problems if they aren't handled properly. Hasselbeck struggled in the 1st preseason game with just 4/10 for 26 yards passing to his credit.

Ex-WAS/now OAK QB Colt Brennan suffered a torn left labrum in his hip during 2009, which is why he was placed on Injured Reserve in September, 2009. Corrective surgery was performed on the injury - according to reports on August 9th, Brennan could see at least a quarter of game time during the Raiders' preseason opener.

Running Backs

ARI RB Beanie Wells hurt his ribs on August 9th, but he did not suffer any fractured ribs and is considered day-to-day - this appears to be a minor concern as of August 10th. Wells played in the 1st preseason game and posted 11/36/0 rushing and 2/8/0 receiving.

ATL RB Michael Turner struggled with an ankle injury late during the 2009 season. The team reported him as recovered from the injury on March 24, 2010, but the team is planning to monitor his touches. Turner said on May 8 "I've been here doing a little extra cardio. I changed my eating habits a little bit. ... I've just really been staying on top of it this offseason because that's when you tend to eat more junk food and things like that. I'm just trying to get in the habit of eating healthy and get that conditioning part out of the way so I don't have to worry about it later on." On June 5, Turner said he didn't feel better until about two months ago. "When I 1st came back in March I still wasn't feeling the same," Turner said. "I kept working on it and got all the soreness out and feel fine right now." On June 23, Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith said Turner might be in the best shape of his Falcons career. Smith also admitted he probably rushed Turner back to action last season after suffering an ankle injury. As a result, Smith realized that he doesn't want to run Turner into the ground, and added there will be "parameters" on how often Turner carries the ball this season. On July 28th, it was reported that Turner is 100% healthy entering training camp. Turner rushed for 4/29/0 and had 1/6/0 receiving in the 1st preseason game.

ATL RB Jerious Norwood suffered from a sore hip flexor during the waning weeks of the 2009 season. He has been tendered a 1st-round offer by the Falcons (Norwood is a restricted free agent entering 2010). As of May 8, he was still working on rehabbing his hip problem (during the 1st Falcon's mini-camp, he was doing rehabilitation workouts with Jeff Fish, the Falcons' Director of Performance). Norwood did practice with the team in the early session of a May minicamp, but was then pulled for later workouts as he experienced soreness in his hip. Norwood is reportedly still working through soreness in his hip as of early June. On July 28th, he was reportedly healthy and ready for the start of training camp. However, after the 1st padded practice of camp on August 2nd, Norwood was sidelined (again) by a hip flexor injury. Coach Mike Smith indicated that Norwood didn't re-injure his hip flexor, but this was a new injury in the "same general area". Norwood said on August 16th that he has been battling a hip flexor injury for 10 months. 'Hopefully we have the problem fixed now so I can put on the pads and play ball."

BAL RB Willis McGahee did not participate in morning practice Friday, August 6, because of swelling in his knee. He returned to practice the next day, however.

BUF RB Fred Jackson will miss at least the remainder of the preseason after suffering a hand injury Friday, August 13 - the team is saying his time-frame for recovery is 4-6 weeks.

BUF RB Marshawn Lynch struggled with a late-season shoulder injury during 2009 - he is rumored to be on the trading block for the Bills. Also, as of August 14th Lynch is expected to miss three to four weeks because of the sprained ankle he suffered in the team's 1st preseason game.

CAR RB DeAngelo Williams is reportedly doing well after having an offseason procedure to clean up his ankle. He is expected to make a full recovery, according to GM Marty Hurney on Friday, March 5. Williams is expected to be on time for training camp despite not receiving a contract extension during the offseason. Williams participated in the 1st preseason game and appears to be fully recovered from his injury as of the 2nd week of August.

CAR RB Jonathan Stewart had surgery in January to remove a bone spur from pressing into his Achilles tendon to relieve bursitis and tendonitis that had been an ongoing issue for Stewart throughout 2009. Stewart said on Monday, April 5 that he expects to be released to run in June and should be ready for the start of training camp. Stewart did begin running after practice on June 14 - he appears to be right on schedule in his rehabilitation. As of July 19, Stewart's Achilles' is 100 percent healthy entering the 2010 season, according to reports on the NFL Network. However, Stewart started training camp on the PUP, doing minimal individual work during the 1st sessions. He is said to be "close to healthy", but the team is taking a cautious approach to ramping up his practice participation. Stewart has sat out of the team's 1st two practices, and said he has not been 100 percent healthy since his last year in college. "Once I get healthy, it is going to be one of the best days of my life." Stewart did not play in the intra-squad scrimmage on Saturday, August 7th. Stewart practiced on a limited basis Saturday, August 14, which brings him one step closer to recovery. Stay tuned...

CAR RB Tyrell Sutton suffered a calf injury of unspecified severity on Saturday, July 31st. Sutton did not play in the intra-squad scrimmage on Saturday, August 7th.

CAR RB Mike Goodson suffered a severe right ankle sprain on Sunday, August 1st and may be sidelined for several weeks. Goodson did not play in the intra-squad scrimmage on Saturday, August 7th.

CLE RB Montario Hardesty will miss "a couple weeks" after twisting a knee during a pre-camp drill. Hardesty was injured Thursday but surgery was not required, coach Eric Mangini said Saturday after the Browns' 1st practice of training camp. "He twisted his knee in drills the other day, so you probably won't see him for a couple weeks," Mangini said on July 31st. "We're taking it real slow, conservative. We'll see where it is at that point (after rehabbing it)." Hardesty will not participate in practice this week (August 16th-20th), but head coach Eric Mangini hopes Hardesty will be able to return next week.

CHI RB Matt Forte (knee) underwent arthroscopic knee surgery early in the month of January. As of March 24, Bears head coach Lovie Smith said RB Matt Forte will be the starting running back initially but that he will be in competition with RB Chester Taylor. Forte has been doing well during OTAs - OC Mike Martz commented on Forte May 23, saying "Sure, it matters to everybody who starts, and I think Matt is confident is his ability. When you have a really good player who is confident and playing at the highest level, you don't worry about who else is there. You just go." On June 14, Forte commented that he is completely healthy after suffering hamstring and knee injuries last season - "I know I have more burst," Forte said. "I look different on tape. I was missing burst last year, and a 2nd gear. It really wasn't there." Reports out of Chicago on July 15 indicated that Forte is not guaranteed the starting job, but that he is expected to have the 1st shot at it during training camp.

CHI RB Harvey Unga said he hopes his pulled hamstring does not keep him out of practice for a long time - he is sidelined as of Monday, August 2nd. Unga said the hamstring pull is 'not that bad' and that he should be back on the field soon. However, the injury was more serious than Unga let on earlier in the month, as he was placed on IR on August 12th, 2010. His season is now over.

CIN RB Brian Leonard left the team's preseason game Sunday, August 8, with a left foot injury - the injury "doesn't look too good" according to Leonard. As of August 10th, initial estimates range from Leonard missing the entire pre-season to perhaps being placed on IR and missing the entire year. Further evaluations are ongoing. Head coach Marvin Lewis said on 8/11/10 RB Brian Leonard's (foot) foot injury does not appear to be season-ending but it will take a few weeks before he is close to fully recovered.

CLE RB/FB Peyton Hillis participated in practice Monday, August 9, and showed good size and soft hands as a receiver. Hillis missed a week of practice because of a groin injury.

DAL RB Marion Barber III: On Tuesday, June 8 it was revealed that Barber played the final 13 games of 2009 with a torn left quadriceps muscle, though he only missed one game due to the injury. On June 14, offensive coordinator Jason Garrett remarked on Barber's struggles during 2009: "The biggest factor with Marion has been his health. You could see that he was fighting through it [the quadriceps injury - MW]. We have no reason to think otherwise that when he's healthy and ready to go, he'll be the same Marion Barber we've seen in the past." Barber will battle Felix Jones for the starting job during training camp. Multiple Dallas sources reported on July 25th that Barber looks a lot quicker and leaner than he did in 2009 as of the start of the 2010 training camp. Since the start of training camp multiple reports out of Dallas indicate that Barber remains the starter and the mix of running backs during 2010 should be roughly the same as 2009.

DAL RB Felix Jones was bothered by swelling in his knee on July 28th. He commented on July 29th that he feels fine after experiencing some swelling in his knee Wednesday, July 28. Jones also noted he feels comfortable catching the ball out of the backfield, as he feels he can do a lot more things in space. Stay tuned to see if the knee continues to be an issue for Jones during training camp. Jones was on the field for a few plays during the team's 1st preseason game.

DEN-now-PHI RB J.J. Arrington, who is trying to recover from knee surgery last year, is getting close to "the feeling that I'm 100 percent." He proclaimed on June 11 that he is now "about 80, 85 percent. I get better every week. Last week I could only run a straight line, this week I can make turns. By training camp, I'll be ready to go." Arrington sat out of practices August 6th and 7th due to a left foot strain.

DEN RB Correll Buckhalter suffered a hamstring injury during the same drill that knocked out Knowshon Moreno on 8/1/10 - he'll be evaluated further as the week goes along. Buckhalter has a minor hamstring injury, and he should not miss too much action, according to reports on 8/2/10. Buckhalter has been medically cleared to return to practice, but the team likely will hold him out until Monday, August 9, according to reports out of Denver. However, Buckhalter is seeking medical advice from specialists during the week of August 9th-14th due to an ongoing issue with his back and neck. This is a situation fantasy owners will want to monitor carefully, as Knowshon Moreno may miss all of preseason due to his hamstring injury - and could miss more time if he suffers a setback in his recovery from a badly strained/possibly partially torn hamstring. Buckhalter sat out of the August 15th preseason game.

DEN RB Knowshon Moreno was just carted off the field (8/1/10) with what appears to be an injury to his right knee or ankle during the 1st practice of training camp. After reaching the team’s headquarter doors, Moreno had to be assisted off the cart by members of the Broncos’ training staff. Moreno’s injury came as the Broncos were lining for offense vs. defense contact drill. Later reports indicate the injury may be limited to a [potentially serious - MW] hamstring pull, but evaluations are ongoing. Footballguy and Broncos insider Cecil Lammey reports 8/1/10 that initial information on the injury are conflicting at this time - he advises waiting for MRI results as a torn ACL is still in the realm of possibility. As of 8/2 there are conflicting reports about whether or not Moreno suffered a partial tear of his hamstring, but one thing is clear: Moreno will be out two to three weeks at a minimum while he recovers from the hamstring injury, and he could potentially miss more time depending on how quickly the injury heals. Moreno is reportedly not expected to return to practice until after the team's 2nd preseason game, as of August 4th, 2010. As of August 10th, there was speculation in the Denver press that Moreno may not see any preseason action due to his injured hamstring.

DEN RB LenDale White was pulled from his 1st practice with his new team due to cramps, and missed practice Saturday August 7th as well. He sat out of the 1st preseason game on August 15th.

DET RB Kevin Smith (knee surgery and shoulder injury) said on his blog Thursday, March 25 that the rehab from his reconstructive knee surgery is on schedule. Reports out of Detroit on July 16 indicated Smith should be cleared 100 percent by the medical staff at the end of July, but the Lions are likely to slowly work him back into the mix during training camp. Smith was removed from the physically unable to perform list and practiced Saturday, July 31st. While he was cleared medically to return, he said he still is not 100 percent healthy. Smith (knee) has been a surprise so far in training camp, according to local reports. Smith may be close to 100 percent healthy to start the season, which is shocking because he had major knee surgery in December. Smith didn't appear in the boxscore of the 1st preseason game.

GB RB James Starks started camp on PUP due to an injured hamstring, and as of August 16th has yet to practice at all with his new team.

HOU RB Steve Slaton underwent surgery for a nerve problem in his spine on Thursday, February 11. On February 18 coach Gary Kubiak said RB Steve Slaton is doing well after undergoing surgery. Kubiak added, "I wish I could describe exactly what they did, but he will be in OTAs, he'll be in all the offseason work. He will not be able to be a part of any contact and should be cleared for training camp, so all systems are go. There shouldn't be anything holding him back as long as he recovers correctly." This is an ongoing rehabilitation that fantasy owners will want to watch carefully. On June 5, head coach Gary Kubiak said "I think he's regaining his confidence every day that he's out here. I just think you see a guy that struggled last year that's saying, 'I'm not going to struggle again. I'm going to get back to playing the way I'm capable of playing.' That's what's I'm seeing right now." During the July 4 holiday weekend, Slaton tweeted "Thanks everyone for your thoughts but … I'm back," Slaton said, via Twitter. "Thank you Lord for watching over me and helping me heal fast and correctly." Head coach Gary Kubiak has said he will not hold Slaton back from contact during camp. Slaton is expected to challenge for the top job in Houston, though he may share time with Arian Foster in a dual-back system this season. Slaton played in the 1st preseason game but fumbled at the goal-line in a continuation of fumbling woes he suffered during 2009.

HOU RB Ben Tate suffered a badly broken ankle Saturday, August 14th, and will undergo surgery to repair the joint. He is widely expected to miss the entire football season, and that was confirmed when the team website reported on 8/16/10 that Tate would go on the injured reserve list.

JAX FB/RB Greg Jones went on IR Thursday, December 17, 2009 due to a high ankle sprain. He's struggled with injuries throughout his career and will likely be in a fight for a roster spot entering the 2010 training camp. Jones participated in practice Monday, June 7, but said at that time that he needed more time before he is completely healed.

KC RB Jackie Battle was placed on IR October 15, 2009 due to a shoulder injury. He was re-signed by the team on Friday, March 5, which is a strong indication that the shoulder injury is no longer a concern. On Saturday, May 29 reports out of KC indicated that Battle is expected to fight for the #3 RB slot on the roster during training camp.

KC RB Jamaal Charles did not participate in the team's offseason workout Monday, May 17, because he underwent shoulder surgery this offseason. The team plans to ease Charles back into the action so as to not aggravate the shoulder unnecessarily. Charles stated on May 22 that he will be ready for the start of training camp and said his shoulder is holding up fine. Charles was the 2nd K.C. back during the 1st preseason game (after a cameo appearance by Thomas Jones) - he rushed for 4/37/0 and snagged 2/6/0 receiving during the contest.

MIA RB Ronnie Brown said on Sunday, May 23 that he is still battling soreness in his foot (Brown was placed on injured reserve in November 2009 with a Lisfranc fracture in his right foot.) He asserted on May 23 that the healing process is going well. "It's good,'' Brown said. "The last couple of days, I've been out there, and I've been in the offseason program, so I'm steadily making progress. If I continue to make this kind of progress, it will be pretty good for the season.'' However, be aware Brown was arrested for DUI in Georgia on March 21, reportedly with a blood alcohol content of over .15 (the legal limit in GA is .08). It remains to be seen what the impact of his DUI arrest will have on Brown's availability for the 2010 season. "We will see. He's doing pretty well," coach Tony Sparano said regarding Brown's rehabilitation on May 8. On June 9, Brown revealed he was told by doctors not to run for two weeks after a screw was taken out of his surgically repaired foot week sometime during the 1st week of June. On July 30th, it was reported that Brown has been medically cleared to participate during training camp. Brown played in the team's 1st preseason game (5/20/0 rushing).

MIA RB Patrick Cobbs was placed on IR on October 14, 2009 due to a torn ACL in his knee. He's in the process of rehabilitating the injury as of April 2010. On July 8, Cobbs commented on his ongoing rehab: "I've got a little further to go. Right when I think I feel good, I'm not back to my old self and there's just no other way to look at it," Cobbs said. "But I'm getting better every day and I feel like if we had a game tomorrow I'd be able to give it my all and go just as much as anybody else. The progress is going along well. I don't have a timeline to when I'm going to be 100 percent but it's definitely going well." Cobbs was held out of an August 7th scrimmage due to his knee injury/rehab.

MIA RB Ricky Williams ended the 2009 season hampered by a shoulder injury. On Tuesday, April 20, 2010 Williams was reportedly excited about playing football and is looking to play beyond the 2010 season. "Obviously this season is going to have a lot to do with that," Williams said, "but right now I feel I could do it." Williams posted 3/10/0 rushing and 2/0/0 receiving during the team's 1st preseason game.

MIN RB Adrian Peterson missed time during the 1st week of August due to tightness in his left hamstring. Peterson said he hit the corner and made an abrupt stop, which backfired on him. 'I'm feeling good, and I'll be ready to roll Monday,' [8/9/10 -MW] The team expects Peterson to see some game time in the 2nd preseason game August 22nd.

NE RB Fred Taylor suffered from an ongoing ankle injury during 2009, and was in and out of the lineup for most of the season. On February 5, 2010, Taylor said he expected to return for the 2010 season, and that he had something to prove this year due to his injury woes during 2009. On June 11, Taylor indicated that he is looking forward to the new season and isn't considering retirement from the league - "I feel like I have a nice routine down -- work hard, train hard, go through camp, get sore and play the season," Taylor said. "Let the rest take care of itself."

NO RB/FB Heath Evans underwent season-ending surgery on his knee Thursday, October 29, 2009. It remains to be seen how he'll bounce back from the procedure. On June 14 reports out of New Orleans indicated that Evans is progressing in his rehabilitation from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. Evans is no longer afraid of re-injuring his knee when making a cut, but other movements are worrying him. Evans said, "It's now just kind of getting back to the functional movements and getting back to the speed at which I've got to make them. I don't really doubt the knee anymore. It's proven to be strong over and over again. Now it's just kind of getting back into that rhythm where I can move and function inside any given play."

NO RB Ladell Betts: Saints head coach Sean Payton said on Tuesday, August 17th that RB Betts will be eased into practice because he has not practiced since injuring his knee in November. Betts said he is not sure when he will be able to play in a game.

NO RB Reggie Bush suffered from dehydration and cramps during the 2nd week of August, but was reported to be 100% healthy again on August 12th. Bush played in the 1st preseason game and is expected to split carries with Pierre Thomas during 2010.

NO RB Lynell Hamilton was carted off the practice field Wednesday, August 11th - coach Sean Payton said Hamilton's injury was to his knee, "kind of a freak deal." It happened when Hamilton planted - tests are being done on joint. The severity/extent of the injury isn't clear as of 11:30 PM ET 8/11. Adam Schefter is reporting that the team fears a season-ending ACL tear is the problem. As of 5 PM ET 8/11 the latest information is that the Saints have received MRI results confirming the ACL tear - Hamilton is likely headed to IR. His 2010 season is over. Hamilton was waived on August 14th and will go to IR for the Saints if he clears waivers.

NO RB Pierre Thomas suffered a wrist injury on Tuesday, August 3rd: Saints head coach Sean Payton said the early indications are that RB Pierre Thomas' (wrist) wrist injury is not serious. Thomas will be undergoing X-rays on his wrist. Thomas played extensively in the team's 1st preseason game and appears to be past the wrist issue as of August 19th.

NYG RB Ahmad Bradshaw reported on April 15, 2010 that he has started running on his surgically-repaired feet (broken bones in both feet) and ankle - the surgeries were done in early January, and his rehabilitation appears to be right on schedule (and perhaps a bit ahead of schedule). All four of the Giants' running backs are rehabbing injuries this offseason - we'll see if they can all get back to 100% (see below for details on Brown, Jacobs, and Ware). Bradshaw has reportedly seen the majority of reps with the 1st team offense as of August 9th, 2010 - he may have passed Brandon Jacobs on the depth chart as of early August. Bradshaw played in the 1st preseason game on August 16th and had 2/58/0 receiving during the contest.

NYG RB Andre Brown reported on March 26 that he is not feeling any pain from the ruptured Achilles tendon he suffered last season (he was placed on IR September 1, 2009 due to the injury) and that he has been able to run at full speed. He said it will probably take him a while before he will be able to run without thinking about the injury. Brown said he should be ready for organized team activities. However, on May 27 coach Tom Coughlin acknowledged that Brown was limited in practice sessions: "He has had a couple of setbacks this winter," Coughlin said. "But by and large he is doing OK." - "It feels good," Brown said on May 27. "They had to pull me out a little bit. I did a couple of running plays out there and made a few cuts. I feel like I'm getting there - I'm about 95 percent. I shouldn't be limited by training camp. By the end of next week I should pretty much be doing everything. My Achilles is fine." On June 15 it was reported that Brown has shown enough speed to beat the defense to the outside during practice(s) after missing last season with the ruptured Achilles' tendon. Brown played in the Giants' 1st preseason game (5/26/0 rushing to his credit).

NYG RB Brandon Jacobs underwent knee surgery on Friday, January 22 to correct a torn meniscus cartilage in his knee. Jacobs stated on Friday, February 5 that he should have had surgery on his knee after he injured it in Week 1 instead of allowing it to affect his play for the rest of the season. Jacobs said he probably would have missed four or five weeks but would have been fully healthy when he returned. Jacobs is expected to be ready for minicamps and training camp later this year. As of late May he was fully participating in organized team activities. On August 8th, head coach Tom Coughlin commented "He looks good to me.". Jacobs has his burst back while running and looks like a different player after undergoing offseason surgery, according to multiple reports out of training camp on 8/11/10. Jacobs had 4/2/1 rushing during the 1st preseason game on August 16th.

OAK RB Darren McFadden left morning practice Saturday, August 7, because of tightness in his legs, but is not injured according to team sources. He was held out for precautionary reasons. He is expected to miss the team's 1st preseason game as he continues to have soreness in his hamstrings. On August 12th, McFadden commented "I feel like I've been having a good camp. It happened. It's just something you have to deal with right now." He added that hamstrings can be tricky, so he is going to make sure he doesn't rush back before it is 100 percent recovered. McFadden did not practice Saturday, August 14, but McFadden was working on the side and went through drills with a member of the training staff. There is speculation that McFadden may miss the 2nd preseason game as he continues to try and heal his troublesome hamstring. On August 18th McFadden indicated he is day-to-day and didn't know if he would play in the 2nd preseason game.

PHI RB Mike Bell suffered a tweaked hamstring on Tuesday, May 25 and may sit out of practices for a few days. Hopefully, this is a minor concern that doesn't become a nagging injury situation. Bell is fighting a calf injury during the 1st weeks of August - he took part in the team's practice Wednesday, August 18, and is questionable for their preseason game Friday, August 20.

PIT RB Jonathan Dwyer did not report to training camp in the best shape and was hampered by a hamstring during the early portion of camp, according to local reports. Head coach Mike Tomlin and running backs coach Kirby Wilson were not happy with Dwyer's performance during practice Friday, August 6, and made him participate in certain drills several times because of his [poor] performance. It appears that Isaac Redman has passed Dwyer on the depth chart and he is currently deep in the coaches dog house (as of the 2nd week in August).

PIT RB Rashard Mendenhall (toe) is considered day-to-day after having his toe stepped on during practice Monday, August 2. Mendenhall rushed for 5/2/0 in the team's 1st preseason game.

PIT RB/FB Frank Summers was placed on IR Tuesday, September 29 due to a back injury. His rookie season was curtailed due to the injury - we'll see if he can bounce back during 2010. Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson said on 8/18/10 that the team is happy with how RB Frank Summers has performed at fullback during training camp but are looking for him to take the next step in his development at the position.

SEA RB Leon Washington was traded to Seattle during the 2010 NFL Draft after suffering a badly-broken leg during the 2009 season. On June 22, head coach Pete Carroll said Washington will be ready for the start of training camp, but the team will be careful with Washington during the early days of camp. On July 14, Carroll said on his Twitter feed that RB Leon Washington is "coming back strong" and should be practicing in camp. Washington practiced for the 2nd consecutive day without restrictions Saturday, August 7th. He did not feel any pain. Washington said he feels like he is about 95 percent healthy, and while he said it feels good he wasn't ready to say he is back to normal yet.

SF RB Anthony Dixon missed nearly a month in the offseason with a hamstring strain. That set him back, and he'll be playing catchup once training camp starts as he fights for practice time, according to reports on June 23. Dixon returned to action for the offseason-ending minicamp, and looked explosive getting through the hole. He did not catch any passes during 11-on-11 drills, though. The surprise retirement of Glen Coffee and the signing of Brian Westbrook has Dixon fighting with Michael Robinson for the #3 RB slot on the team as of the 2nd week in August.

STL RB Steven Jackson - The Rams announced on May 5, 2010, that Jackson had back surgery to repair the herniated disks in his back in early April of this year. Jackson was missing practices in early June, as expected. Jackson was nearly a full participant during the start of training camp, according to local reports. Jackson said his back felt good and he spent a lot of time working hard with the trainers during the summer. On August 12th, Jackson commented on his recovery, saying he feels great physically. Jackson said he spent a lot of time during the offseason making sure his back is secure by building up the core muscles. "I didn't want it to be a nagging injury, and I didn't want this to play mind games with me, and feel like I had to be more timid," Jackson said. "My back is fully healed."

Ex-TB FB B.J. Askew went on the Non-Football Injury list on Tuesday, October 20, ending his 2009 season. Askew was involved in a car accident that injured his neck and back. He was working to rehabilitate those injuries as of April 2010. He was released by the team on April 26.

TB RB Derrick Ward struggled with knee and thigh injuries during the closing weeks of 2009, but appears to be healthy entering 2010 minicamps and OTAs - head coach Raheem Morris said on Friday, April 9, "We've got to find ways to make Derrick a more productive player this year. We have to do a better job all around of getting him more opportunities." Morris added, "We talked about the running game before and some of the games getting out of whack because you put too much on your quarterback. We can't let that happen." On June 9, Ward commented on his role in Tampa - "I'm here to compete. I'm here to help this team win, hopefully get to a Super Bowl, and I'm just here to be a leader. I'm one of the old guys now on offense so it's pretty funny looking back at it now. It's just a good opportunity for me to become a leader - a more vocal leader on the field and in the locker room and lead by example," Ward said. Ward may be on the roster bubble as of the 2nd week in August as Kareem Huggins is reportedly outplaying Ward in training camp.

TB RB Cadillac Williams has suffered a mild ankle sprain as of 8/1/10. Head coach Raheem Morris said Williams will be day-to-day. Williams sat out practices on Monday, August 2nd due to the injury. He did play in the 1st preseason game and posted 4/21/0 rushing.

TEN RB Javon Ringer missed OTAs on Tuesday, May 25 due to a hamstring injury. Titans head coach Jeff Fisher commented on the injury, stating it was nothing serious and it shouldn't keep Ringer from participating in June workouts. Ringer is the main backup behind Chris Johnson and will be getting a majority of the 1st-team reps while Johnson holds out - if Ringer can stay healthy. Ringer was the lead back during Johnson's absence from the team during OTAs - he seems to be past the early hamstring issue.

WAS RB Willie Parker was hampered by a shoulder injury to close the 2009 season in Pittsburgh, but has moved on Washington and is in the mix for the starting RB job there. There was evidently a lot of bad blood between Parker and coach Mike Tomlin in Pittsburgh (to the point that Parker preferred sitting out the 2010 season to playing in Pittsburgh again this year), and the player is hoping for a new start in Washington. According to reports out of the early June minicamp (June 3), Parker is lacking the "burst" that marked his game during his productive seasons in Pittsburgh. He may be on the roster bubble unless he can regain his top speed. A report on Saturday, July 3 indicated that Parker hadn't regained top form during June OTAs, though he showed some improvement. As of August 9th Parker was reported to be 4th on the team's depth chart.

WAS RB Clinton Portis was cleared by a concussion specialist to participate in offseason workouts on Thursday, March 11, 2010. On March 24, head coach Shanahan addressed Portis' position entering 2010 - "He was 205 or 210 pounds and averaged (nearly) six yards a carry for two years (with the Denver Broncos). That's what I expect him to be - in great shape and doing the things he's always done with me. He knows he's got to be lighter, sure. I think we'll know as time goes on (what Portis's playing weight should be). ... I haven't talked to him about it, but I would say that he'll probably be shooting at 210, 212, 214 range. I think Clinton knows what's best for him and his body, what type of offense we run with the zone blocking scheme that gives him the best chance to be successful." Portis is in good shape and is motivated to show he can still produce for the team, according to reports out of Washington during mid-July. Portis is considered the team's #1 RB as of the 2nd week in August. He posted 6/22/0 in the team's opening preseason game vs. Buffalo.

Wide Receivers

ARI WR Early Doucet was held out of practice Saturday, August 7, as a precaution because of an abdominal strain. Doucet is working as the team's #2 WR during Larry Fitzgerald's absence from the field (which will last the rest of the preseason, reportedly).

ARI WR Larry Fitzgerald said on 8/14/10 that the MRI he underwent revealed a sprained knee [sprained MCL according to reports - MW]. Fitzgerald said he will be conservative with the knee for a few weeks. He is expected to sit out of the rest of the preseason contests.

ATL WR Harry Douglas, who tore up his knee in training camp last year, is progressing and should be ready for training camp, according to head coach Mike Smith on Wednesday, March 24. As of May 8, he was still working on rehabbing his knee problem (during the 1st Falcon's mini-camp, he was doing rehabilitation workouts with Jeff Fish, the Falcons' Director of Performance). Douglas was not cleared for full practices as of May 8. He did not participate in OTAs on May 25, although a local report on May 26 indicated that Douglas is expected to be back in practices "at some point" during training camp. As of August 12th, the team has been slowly increasing his workload during training camp, but he is expected to be held out of the 1st preseason game for precautionary reasons. The team hopes to play Douglas in the 2nd preseason game on August 19th, vs. New England.

ATL WR Brian Finneran (knee) did not need surgery to repair the knee injury he suffered during the 2009 season (he landed on IR in December). Head coach Mike Smith said on February 9 that Finneran is resting the injury so he will be ready for the team's minicamp. The team signed Finneran to a one-year contract on February 11. Finneran has a history of knee injuries, which is something to keep in mind when evaluating his 2010 prospects. Finneran saw a lot of reps in the 1st preseason game due to Michael Jenkins' injury.

ATL WR Michael Jenkins is out for four to six weeks with a shoulder injury he suffered on Friday night 8/6/10 during the teams
intrasquad scrimmage at North Gwinnett High School. "You are always concerned anytime any of your players goes down with an injury,"
said Falcons head coach Mike Smith. "One thing I am certain of is that Michael will work very hard with our athletic performance staff and our training staff to get back out on the field as soon as possible." Harry Douglas, who is returning from a serious knee injury, is likely to step into Jenkins' #2 role during Jenkins' absence.

BAL WR Mark Clayton said his shoulder is nearly 100 percent after participating in OTAs on Tuesday, May 25. Clayton has battled a wide variety of injuries during his stint in Baltimore and is considered to be on the roster "bubble" as of late May.

BAL WR Derrick Mason had to be helped off the practice field this morning (8/3/10) after suffering a leg injury when he was hit by safety Dawan Landry. Mason reportedly couldn't put any weight on his right leg, although Mason himself made light of the injury. "I just twisted it," Mason said on his way into the locker room. Mason said he suffered a bruised knee during practice Saturday, August 7, but it is not serious.

BUF WR James Hardy started 2009 on the PUP list due to a January 2009 surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. He did practice and play with the team late in 2010, and the team indicated on March 23, 2010 that he'll have an opportunity to compete for a starting WR job this year. We'll see if his repaired knee will hold up to the rigors of a full training camp later this summer. As of May 25, Hardy was taking the majority of 1st-team snaps across from Lee Evans during Bills' practices. However, in late June Chan Gailey said that Hardy had been slowed down this spring but didn't say why. It appears that Hardy underwent sports hernia surgery after last season and couldn't work out for six weeks, a league source said. As of August 12th, Hardy was expected to miss between a week and 10 days of action due to an undisclosed injury.

CAR WR Dwayne Jarrett suffered a hamstring injury of undetermined severity on July 29th. He'll be monitored closely by the team as he tries to come back from this injury - it may negatively impact his chances to be the team's #2 WR this year. As of August 15th, Jarrett is considered to be in the mix for the team's #2 WR job - he seems to have put the hamstring problem behind him.

CAR WR Steve Smith was placed on season-ending Injured Reserve Friday, January 1, due to a broken left forearm. Unfortunately, on June 20 Smith broke his left arm again during a flag football game. Surgery was performed to repair Smith's arm - he is expected to miss part or all of training camp, but the Panthers hope he'll be ready for week one of the regular season as of June 21. On Tuesday, June 22 ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Smith is likely to be out for 10 weeks, which would allow him to play in the season opener if the rehab/healing of the broken arm goes well. On July 6, reports surfaced that Panthers head coach John Fox - on a recent USO trip to Afghanistan - indicated that the team expects Smith to be ready for the season opener. "Most of (the soldiers) wanted to know about Steve Smith playing flag football," Fox said, "Most of them love Steve, and they know he'll be back for the opener, so they weren't too concerned." On July 29th, head coach John Fox said they are going to monitor WR Steve Smith's (arm) status on a week-by-week basis. He noted it will come down to a medical decision and they will take it as slowly as they need to. Smith came off of PUP on August 16th and has been catching a few passes in shorts - he has yet to put on the pads, though.

CAR WR Charly Martin suffered a serious finger injury on Saturday, July 31st. He underwent surgery to repair the break and may be placed on IR if his recovery isn't swift.

CHI WR Earl Bennett had knee surgery during the month of February and could miss a portion of the team's offseason workouts due to his rehab of the surgery. His absence from the workouts may put him behind the curve learning Mike Martz's offense. Bennett, who had 15 starts in his 2nd NFL season, hasn't been cleared for a full return to team drills as of May 23, coming off the arthroscopic knee surgery. The Bears have not set timetable for Bennett's return, according to coach Lovie Smith on Friday, May 21. As of May 23, Bennett was not yet cleared for practices. Bennett appeared to be running without limitations Wednesday, June 2, according to local reports. He is expected to be the 3rd or 4th WR for the Bears this year. Bennett missed the 1st preseason game on August 14th due to a hamstring injury.

CHI WR Devin Hester battled a variety of injuries during the 2009 season - shoulder, calf, and ankle injuries - and he commented on Friday, February 5 that the injuries slowed him down and affected his playing ability. He said he suffered the shoulder injury during a preseason game but played with it during the season. He said the calf and ankle injuries took away his speed. Hester will not need surgery on his shoulder injury but said he is not able to lift weights because he needs to get his shoulder stronger. As of May 23, local reports indicated that Hester was lining up in a variety of positions on the field during workouts with new OC Mike Martz - evidently, he's getting back up to speed. On July 19 it was reported that Hester has worked with former NFL WR Isaac Bruce this offseason to try to learn offensive coordinator Mike Martz's scheme better. Bruce has been working with Hester on running better routes and other finer points of the position. Hester is penciled in as the lead WR for the Bears this year.
Hester had 1/4/0 receiving in the 1st preseason game on August 14th.

CIN WR Antonio Bryant sat out of mid-June practices due to some issues with the knee that bothered him during 2009. On July 24th, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported that the problem has continued throughout the preseason. On July 29th, Bryant commented that his knee isn't 100 percent and he is not isn't able to go at full speed, but he was able to take all of his reps during practice Thursday, July 29, and will be ready for Week 1 of the regular season. Bryant is expected to participate in just one of the practices each day during 2-a-days. Bryant didn't practice with the team on Friday, July 30th or on July 31st. He also missed Monday, August 2nd practices.The Bengals want to see how Bryant performs in the final three preseason games before they decide which wide receivers they will release, according to reports out of Cincinnati on August 5th, 2010. The signing of Terrell Owens to the roster is making the WR roster crowded, and Bryant's continuing absence from the playing field is worrisome for his fantasy owners.

CIN WR Matt Jones is dealing with a bruised foot and will run Wednesday, August 4, to see if he will be able to practice Thursday, August 5. Jones played extensively in the Hall of Fame game on August 8th.

CLE WR Syndric Steptoe missed the 2009 season due to a torn labrum in his shoulder. We'll see if he can avoid further injury during training camp.

DAL rookie WR Dez Bryant did not participate in the team's offseason workout Wednesday, June 9, because he was rehabbing a sore hamstring. His status for practice Thursday, June 10, and the team's upcoming minicamp was uncertain as of June 9. On June 14, a story was published that indicated the Cowboys are concerned about Bryant's level of conditioning - his sore hamstring may be due to Bryant not keeping himself in top condition during the offseason. Unfortunately Bryant suffered a right high ankle sprain near the end of the Friday, July 30th practice, and the team said he will be out 4-6 weeks. That means Bryant could miss the entire preseason. Head coach Wade Phillips said on 8/11/10 that he is not sure when WR Dez Bryant (ankle) will able to take off the walking boot he is wearing because of his high ankle sprain. Team owner Jerry Jones said on August 14th that Bryant (ankle) is doing well in the recovery from his ankle injury, and the team hopes Bryant will be able to play in the final two preseason games.

DEN WRs Brandon Stokley and Eric Decker are both working to overcome serious left foot injuries this offseason - Decker was diagnosed with a Lisfranc injury, a tear of the ligament that holds his 1st two toes in place, back in October of 2009 during his senior season at Minnesota. It remains to be seen if either player will stick with the Broncos this year. Decker was running and catching passes on the side during practice Monday, June 7. Decker is reportedly on track to be ready for training camp and as of July 7 he was training with other receivers at Larry Fitzgerald's camp at the University of Minnesota's campus, running routes, catching passes and doing drills. Decker commented on July 10: "I'm a little nervous and I'm anxious because I'm back to football, I'm back playing, I'm done in the training room and that's exciting to me," Decker said. "It's still a day-to-day thing and the training staff is helping me to move along and progress at a very good rate. I feel comfortable every day so that's the best I can say." Decker has been in and out of practices during the 1st two weeks of August due to an ankle injury, but returned to the field on Wednesday, August 18th.

DEN WR Demaryius Thomas was taken for x-rays on an unspecified injury on 5/24 and according to his twitter feed is now "Sad". He was already nursing a broken foot that was surgically repaired during the offseason - it isn't clear if the latest x-ray is related to the foot injury or is due to another problem. Thomas participated in the team's offseason workout Friday, June 4, which is an encouraging sign. Hopefully the foot in question is holding up to the stress of workouts. On June 13, it was reported that Thomas has participated in only five practices this offseason after recovering from February foot surgery, but he is impressing coaches with his steady improvement, enough so that he has earned playing time alongside the starters: Jabar Gaffney and Eddie Royal. "He's dropped a couple of balls, but look, everyone has seen this guy make tremendous catches and then there are some that he's dropped, but I think that comes with playing and knocking off some of the rust," coach Josh McDaniels said on June 13. "I think he'll only get better, every day, and today was better than yesterday." However, on Saturday August 7th Thomas re-injured the surgically repaired foot, though this new injury is considered minor. Head coach Josh McDaniels said on August 10th that X-rays done on WR Demaryius Thomas' (foot) injured foot were negative - but he will not participate in practice Tuesday, August 10th. Thomas worked on the sidelines with trainers on Tuesday, August 17th.

GB WR Donald Driver had arthroscopic surgery on both knees in January, according to reports on June 12. He feels great and wishes he had underwent the procedure years ago. Last season, he played with limited range, pain and flexibility. Driver, 35, has not been practicing during OTAs, but has been cleared to do so by the team trainers. "I wanted to extend my career another five years," Driver said. "I played like this for two, three years, with pain. I can jump now. I can squat." Driver missed several practices during the 2nd week of August but returned for the evening workout on August 12th - he snagged 3/19/0 in the 1st preseason game vs. Cleveland.

GB WR James Jones ended the 2009 season with two torn ligaments in his right ring finger. Jones played through the injury, claiming that it didn't affect his catching ability. He's working on rehabilitating the injury as of 2010. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said he was impressed with how WR James Jones performed during workouts this offseason, according to a July 6 report. "If you go through the films, James Jones, just from a production standpoint, probably stands out as one of the top performers through the OTAs. He's gotten a lot of opportunities, particularly in the slot with [WR Donald Driver's] absence, and I think he's done a very good job of that," McCarthy said. As of August 15th Jones has a slight lead for the #3 WR job according to coach McCarthy.

IND WR Anthony Gonzalez should be ready for the start of training camp, according to Colts owner Jim Irsay, on Thursday, March 25. Gonzalez missed the 2009 season due to an ongoing knee injury issue - he tried to practice for a regular season game in Week 16, but ended up going on IR Thursday, December 24. Gonzalez was reportedly involved in offseason workouts/practice on Thursday, May 20. However, on June 9 reports out of Indianapolis indicated that Gonzalez suffered a "setback" on the 1st Tuesday in June, which caused him to miss the team's early-June, mandatory minicamp. On June 11, head coach Jim Caldwell asserted "I can tell you this: He'll be fine." It has been reported Gonzalez missed practice with a hamstring injury, and not a "setback" with the knee. Gonzalez (knee, hamstring) was expected to be ready to participate at the start of training camp as of June 18. However, as of July 29th Gonzalez is a question mark entering training camp, reports Mike Chappell, of The Indianapolis Star. Gonzalez has worked on returning punts during training camp and is participating in workouts as of the 2nd week of August.

JAX WR Mike Sims-Walker suffered a shoulder injury Friday, August 13, and had his arm in a sling during the 2nd half of the team's preseason game, reports Tania Ganguli. Head coach Jack Del Rio said the team does not believe the injury is serious. Walker will be evaluated further as the week goes along. He was out of the sling on Sunday, August 15th but we still haven't heard a time-frame for Sims-Walker to return to the field.

MIA WR Brandon Marshall will be sidelined until at least the start of Miami Dolphins training camp while he recovers from an undisclosed surgery. Marshall has been rehabbing, Dolphins coach Tony Sparano said on Wednesday May 19. Sparano would not disclose the nature of the surgery, saying only that it was something the team did not expect when it acquired the wide receiver from the Denver Broncos. Marshall didn't participate in an offseason practice with his new team Wednesday, May 19, instead working out on an exercise bike before watching his new teammates participate in on-field drills. Marshall would not disclose the nature of the injury, deferring that question to Sparano. As of June 5, Marshall is not able to practice and has spent time just riding a stationary bike. As of June 22, Marshall said that he was finishing up the final week of his eight-week rehab program to recover from a hip procedure - so now we know what portion of his body was repaired. On June 29, Marshall said he expects to be at full speed when training camp starts. He said his surgically repaired hip is feeling great. On July 29th, it was reported in Miami that appearances are that Marshall will be cleared medically to participate in training camp. However, Marshall has struggled with dropped passes during training camp and has let his emotions get the better of him, according to local reports. Toward the end of practice Monday, August 16, after Marshall dropped a short pass in the end zone, he picked up the ball and punted it over the fence. He then spent the rest of the practice standing by himself on the sideline. It was not clear whether he was ordered to the sideline or was merely brooding.

MIN WR Percy Harvin reported on Sunday, April 11 that he is still struggling with migraine headaches from time to time. "It's off and on," he noted. "Still working them out. Hopefully we'll keep working at it... it's just something that hopefully I can contain." Harvin was the rookie of the year during 2009 despite his migraine headaches. In mid-June, Harvin was practicing as a kick returner and appears to be in good shape. On June 12, Harvin said he currently weighs 205 pounds but would like to start the season at 200 pounds. There was a brief scare on July 31st when Harvin was carted off the field, but he returned to practices thereafter - it appears he avoided significant injury. On Monday, August 2nd it was revealed that Harvin "tweaked" an ankle and suffered some swelling, but prompt attention by the trainers got the swelling to go down - this appears to be a minor incident as of August 3rd. Harvin missed practice time during the 1st week of August, but that was due to a death in the family (his grandmother) and not related to his ankle issue. Harvin is once again dealing with migraines, according to head coach Brad Childress on August 10th. The team hopes he'll return to practices soon. Harvin participated in morning practice Monday, August 16.

MIN WR Sidney Rice is recovering from a lingering hip injury, according to his agent Drew Rosenhaus on July 8. Rice does not require surgery and will be ready for the start of the season, according to Rosenhaus.Rice downplayed his hip injury on July 10, saying "Everything is alright. I'll be ready to go at camp." However, on July 29th Rice was singing a different song, saying he still has not recovered from a hip injury and will need to have team trainers check him out again. Rice plans to allow the team's training staff to tell him what he can and cannot due during training camp. On July 30th, it was revealed that Rice will begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list (PUP list), due to the lingering hip injury [speculation is that Rice has a torn labrum in his hip - MW]. Rice has reportedly consulted three different specialists about the hip problem. On Wednesday, August 4th, Vikings head coach Brad Childress said WR Sidney Rice is a ways away from coming off the Physically Unable to Perform list. Rice commented on Monday, August 16th that he'd had "...A couple of setbacks but overall it's getting better. I think it's a lot better since the beginning of camp."

NE WR Torry Holt went to IR on Sunday, August 15th due to a season-ending knee injury that will require surgery.

NE WR Brandon Tate underwent minor knee surgery after he was placed on injured reserve before the Week 10 (mid-November) loss to the Colts. He is expected to fully participate in the offseason conditioning program with the team. A report from Boston on May 27 indicated that Tate is now the healthiest he's ever been since landing in the NFL. A report on June 16 indicated that Tate is playing a lot with Tom Brady's group, and Brady seemed pretty happy with the kid's performance at points of practice. During two-minute work, with the offense deep into the red zone, Brady threw to Tate, running a comeback by the pylon, into a tight window. Tate caught it for the touchdown with seven 2nds showing. Reports out of Boston on July 5 indicated the Patriots want Brandon Tate to win the #3 wide receiver role this year,and with the season-ending injury to Torry Holt (Holt to IR 8/15) he's got an excellent shot at the job.

NE WR Wes Welker (recovering from an ACL tear and MCL damage in his knee) - On July 23rd, a local Boston radio show reported that Wes Welker would fully participate in training camp when it begins in Foxboro. A source also indicated to the show that Welker won't be placed on the physically unable to perform list. While he's yet to be medically cleared, according to the report, he will be an active member of the roster when camp begins on July 29. However, Welker has been placed on the ACTIVE Physically Unable To Perform (PUP) list as of July 27th. Note that this is different from the RESERVE PUP list. The team can pull him off the Active PUP list at any time. Welker worked out with team trainers on the side Thursday, July 29. He went through sprints and worked with a resistance rope. Reportedly, Welker showed quick, fluid movements while going through the agility drills Thursday, July 29. Welker was taken off the active/physically unable to perform list 8/1/10, according to Nick Caserio, the team’s director of player personnel. According to Caserio, Welker passed his physical, and was cleared to play by medical personnel. ”He passed the physical, so it means he’s deemed ready to go by our training staff and the doctors,” Caserio said. ”He’s ready to go now.” Welker took part in contact drills during morning practice Thursday, August 5, and was able to get up without any trouble when he was knocked down twice according to local reports. Welker sat out of the 1st preseason game but traveled to Atlanta on August 17th so he may appear in the 2nd: he said Tuesday "It's still kind of the same, we're making strides. At the same time, there are good days and bad days. We're just trying to work through them."

NO WR Marques Colston is expected to come off the PUP list on August 3rd, according to head coach Sean Payton. He was on PUP as Colston was recovering from a surgical procedure on his knee (the same knee that had microfracture surgery previously). Colston played in the 1st preseason game 8/12/10 briefly (1/8/0 receiving).

NO WR Robert Meachem will miss the rest of the team's offseason workouts after undergoing surgery to repair torn cartilage on the 2nd toe of his left foot. Head coach Sean Payton said Meachem initially sustained the injury late last season. Meachem continued to experience pain during the early weeks of the team's offseason program, which led to the decision to operate. Payton said the goal is to get him back in time for the start of training camp (July 29), the 1st week or so. However, as of July 29th Meachem (toe) has been placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list. General manager Mickey Loomis believes it will take a little time before Meachem passes a physical. Meachem (toe) said on August 16th that he is scheduled to meet with doctors Wednesday, August 18, to have his toe examined and is currently on a practice-to-practice basis.

NYG WR Domenik Hixon injured his left knee during afternoon practice Tuesday, June 15. Head coach Tom Coughlin said the team does not know how bad the injury is at this time. On June 16, the team revealed that Hixon is out for the season due to a torn ACL in his left knee.

NYG Mario Manningham has fought through a sore groin during the 1st week of preseason football games - he did appear in the Giants' Monday Night Football game vs. the Jets on Monday, August 16th.

NYG WR Hakeem Nicks had a "clean-up" surgical procedure on his right wrist in January, 2010. He is expected to be fully recovered by training camp. Nicks is not participating in the Giants' organized team activities because he is still recovering from the surgery as of May 21, 2010. He is also recovering from a broken toe that he played through during 2009. Nicks is expected to return to practice within the two weeks following May 21. Nicks participated in individual drills during practice Monday, June 7, and Nicks said he has been cleared to practice fully during the team's upcoming minicamp. Nicks said Friday, June 11 that his toe is not 100 percent but it's "all healed up." Nicks was able to take part in some team drills Thursday, June 10. Nicks and Mario Manningham are expected to compete for the starting wide receiver job opposite WR Steve E. Smith during training camp. Unfortunately, Nicks (knee) suffered a hyperextended knee during practice Tuesday, August 3rd, and underwent an MRI later that evening. Reports on Wednesday, August 4th indicated that the MRI and examination on his injured knee showed nothing out of the ordinary. Nicks could return to practice as soon as Thursday, August 5th. Nicks (knee) was cleared to participate in evening practice Thursday, August 5. However, Nicks did not practice during the morning session Monday, August 9 due to ongoing issues with the knee and also an injured toe. Nicks did appear in the MNF game vs. the Jets on August 16th (1/13/0).

NYG WR Steve E. Smith said on August 8th that he has a slight strain in his groin - he may miss some practice time as a result of the injury. Smith did not practice during the morning session Monday, August 9. Smith missed the 1st preseason game but is practicing again as of August 18th.

OAK WR Darrius Heyward-Bey said on Monday, March 15 that his formerly-injured foot is healthy. Heyward-Bey missed the last month of his rookie season with foot problems, and was generally a disappointment in his rookie season (nine catches for 124 yards and one TD during 2009). Early June reports out of Oakland OTAs indicate that Heyward-Bey is flashing phenomenal ability so far during 2010 - he appears to be over the foot issue as of this writing. On June 24 it was reported that Heyward-Bey has worked hard this offseason and added 10 pounds of muscle. As of August 16th Heyward-Bey has been missing practices with a large wrap on one of his legs. A hamstring injury is suspected, though head coach Tom Cable denies this and blames Heyward-Bey's absence from practice on "fatigue" - one thing is certain - Heyward-Bey is not 100% healthy.

OAK WR Chaz Schilens took part in most of the individual drills and some of the team drills during practice Wednesday, June 9 - he's been rehabbing a foot injury/surgery during the offseason. Chaz Schilens' recovery from offseason foot surgery is ahead of schedule, according to reports in the Oakland media on July 21, 2010. However, on July 31st it was reported that Schilens had X-rays done on his sore left foot and missed both of the team's practices Friday, July 30. Head coach Tom Cable said Schilens does not have any damage in his foot, but they will have to limit him to one work out per day. Schilens practiced on August 15th and made a few catches during the session.

PHI WR DeSean Jackson was carted off the practice field after a non-contact back injury on July 31st. The severity of the injury is currently unknown. Reports later in the day on Saturday indicated that the team is not worried about this injury - it appears that Jackson has avoided significant harm. Jackson suffered a back strain Saturday, July 31, and was not at practice Sunday, August 1. He is listed as day-to-day on the team injury report. The team is being cautious with him, and the injury is believed to be concentrated at his lower back. He suffered the injury while twisting to make a catch, and it was not the result of contact. According to local reports on August 5th, Jackson is close to returning to training camp practices. He returned to all drills on Friday August 6th and had 2/47/0 receiving in the preseason opener August 13th.

PHI WR Jeremy Maclin (knee) suffered a hyperextended left knee during afternoon practice Tuesday, August 3rd, which after examination and an MRI proved to be a bruised bone. There is no ligament damage or damage to the meniscus cartilage, reportedly. Maclin (knee) practiced in pads Sunday, August 8. Maclin is recovering from a bruised bone in one of his knees, so a quick return to the field is a very encouraging sign that the injury was relatively minor. Maclin caught 2/32/0 in the preseason opener on August 13th.

PIT WR Limas Sweed (Achilles) left practice Sunday, May 2, with a major Achilles tendon injury, according to coach Mike Tomlin on SIRIUS NFL radio. On Monday, May 3, Sweed underwent surgery to repair the injury (unspecified, but a serious Achilles tendon injury). Sweed was placed on IR on Tuesday, May 11. His 2010 season is over.

STL WR Keenan Burton suffered a knee injury on Sunday, November 15, 2009, that required surgical repair. He is in the process of rehabilitating his injury as of April 2010. Burton was able to take part in team drills during the team's offseason workout Monday, May 24 - he is apparently on schedule to begin training camp. Burton has participated in practices and caught 3/22/0 in the team's 1st preseason game.

STL WR Brandon Gibson did not participate in practice Wednesday, June 2, because of a tweaked hamstring. He'll be treated and evaluated further before returning to action - the team doesn't want to risk aggravating the injury this early during the preseason. Gibson (hamstring) did not participate in practice Thursday, June 17, because he aggravated a hamstring he suffered earlier in the offseason - this injury may be turning into a nagging issue for Gibson. Gibson has been practicing through the hamstring injury during training camp according to reports on August 6th.

STL WR Laurent Robinson is trying to return from the high ankle sprain and a fractured fibula that cut short his 2009 season (suffered in Week 3 of the 2009 campaign). However, reports on Saturday, April 3 indicated that while Robinson has been jogging and catching passes during offseason workouts, he is still not able to run at full speed or make cuts. On May 27, Robinson said he is fully healthy from the ankle and leg injury he suffered last season - he's been participating in OTAs throughout the spring. Robinson caught 2/27/0 in the teams' 1st preseason game on August 14th.

SD WR Buster Davis and safety Eric Weddle collided midair and Davis' head hit the ground toward the end of yesterday's (May 27) 1st practice. Davis did not work in the afternoon. Turner said he could return before the end of minicamp. On May 28, the team reported that Davis had suffered a concussion and that he wouldn't return to practices until June 8, at the earliest. Davis did not practice Thursday, August 5, during team drills. He took the day off as a precaution so he doesn't end up missing extended time due to a hamstring injury. Most recently, Davis has battled a sore hip - he returned to practice on August 18th.

SD WR Legedu Naanee struggled with a foot injury during the closing weeks of the 2009 season - he was inactive for the season finale as a result of the injury. As of May 23, he is still involved in rehabbing from foot surgery that repaired the problem earlier during the offseason. Naanee is expected to begin the regular season as a starter according to reports out of San Diego on July 8. Naanee returned to the practice field on July 27th and looked impressive according to local reports. Naanee caught 1/28/1 during the 1st preseason game on August 14th. He's penciled in as one of the starters as of the 2nd week of August.

SEA WR Deion Branch, who is recovering from a knee injury suffered during 2009, took part in agility drills with team trainers and ran routes after practice Tuesday, June 15. He should be ready for the start of training camp. Head coach Pete Carroll re-iterated that Branch is expected to be ready for the start of training camp as of June 21. However, Branch took part in some receiver drills during practice Tuesday, June 22, but did not participate in team drills - he is still not back to "game shape" as of late June. Branch was praised by coach Carroll on August 13th, and had 2/14/0 receiving vs. Tennessee in the 1st preseason game.

SEA WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh is rehabilitating from a hernia surgery performed during the offseason, but he is expected to be ready for the start of training camp according to head coach Pete Carroll as of June 21. Houshmandzadeh had a helmet with him on the field and worked through individual drills for the 1st time on June 24, after receiving sports hernia surgery in April. Houshmandzadeh was given the evening practice off Saturday, July 31st. He will be given periodic practices off during training camp, but is participating. OC Jeremy Bates said WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh has been very impressive in practice the 1st week of August. Bates said Houshmandzadeh is getting his feet underneath him after missing time during OTAs. Houshmandzadeh caught 2/12/0 in the 1st preseason game vs. Tennessee.

SF WR Michael Crabtree has a strained neck and did not practice Thursday, August 12. He was held out of the Sunday, August 15th preseason game due to his neck injury.

SF WR Brandon Jones suffered a pulled hamstring during practice Saturday, August 7 - the severity of the injury isn't known at this time. Jones was released by the team on August 18th.

TB WR Sammie Stroughter was placed on Injured Reserve on Monday, December 21, ending his 2009 season. Stroughter suffered a broken foot during Week 15. On Monday, March 22, 2010 Stroughter spoke about his ambitions for the coming season: "That's my focus, to be there as much as possible to help the team on 1st and 2nd down, when I can play outside," Stroughter said. "Then I can move to the slot on 3rd down ... I'm going into the voluntary workouts like I'm the man - period, point blank. Whatever role I have, I'm going to be the best, being the team's No. 1." Stroughter (ankle) turned his ankle during practice August 12th and was trying to jog it off, according to local reports.

TEN WR Kenny Britt (hip) participated in practice Saturday, August 7, after missing practice Friday, August 6, because of a hip flexor injury. He caught one ball for six yards vs. Seattle on August 14th.

WAS WR Mike Furrey suffered a concussion on August 5th, 2010, and was sitting out of practice as a result.

WAS WR Malcolm Kelly suffered a hamstring injury while participating in QB Donovan McNabb's "Hell Week" last week, reports The Washington Post's Jason Reid, citing people familiar with the situation. Kelly might sit out the team's practice Thursday, July 29. Kelly experienced tightness in his hamstring during one of the workouts. The injury is not considered serious, but the team would prefer Kelly rest and receive treatment than try to participate in the early stages of camp. The hamstring problem continues to dog Kelly, who was held out of the Monday, August 9th practice due to this ongoing injury. Kelly said on 8/16/10 that he is frustrated that the injury to his hamstring is costing him practice time and that he is not sure when he will return to practice. "I don't know if words can really explain how frustrating it is," Kelly said. "Especially when you come in with high expectations of yourself and they got high expectations, it's just ... it's frustrating."

WAS WR Devin Thomas was hampered by an ankle injury to end the 2009 season, but appears to be recovered entering the 2010 OTAs and minicamps. However, he suffered a hamstring injury in the team's 1st minicamp (weekend of May 8-9) - and did not participate in team drills. On July 18 it was reported that Thomas was slated to participate in strenuous workouts with Donovan McNabb during the run-up to training camp opening on July 29. Thomas led the team in receiving during the 1st preseason game with 3/64/1 to his credit vs. Buffalo.

WAS WR Santana Moss underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee sometime in the weeks before the Redskin's 1st minicamp (May 8 and 9) - he did not participate in the OTA due to rehabbing the knee. On July 18 it was reported that Moss was slated to participate in strenuous workouts with Donovan McNabb during the run-up to training camp opening on July 29. Moss is playing at the flanker position as of training camp. Moss grabbed 0 catches on one target during the 1st preseason game vs. Buffalo.

Tight Ends

ATL TE Colin Peek, an undrafted rookie free agent from Alabama, left the field during the afternoon practice on July 31st with an apparent right knee injury. He walked off the field with a trainer, but his right knee was heavily wrapped. He has been released by the team as of August 19th.

BAL TE Todd Heap struggled with a bad back for most of the Ravens' January playoff run. He did play in the games, but has had an increasing number of nagging injuries over the past few years. He was reportedly limited in the Ravens' OTAs on Tuesday, May 25 due to undisclosed reasons. He'll compete with rookies Ed Dickson and Dennis Pitta for playing time this year - stay tuned to see if Heap can stay on the field to compete. QB Joe Flacco said on July 17 that he has worked out with WR Anquan Boldin and TE Todd Heap during the offseason, so Heap has been working out recently. Local reports on August 17th indicated Heap has had a strong training camp, highlighted by several nice catches on Tuesday the 17th.

BUF TE Derek Schouman landed on IR September 22, 2009 due to a knee injury suffered during week two of the regular season. He was tendered an offer and signed it on April 8, 2010, so presumably his knee is healing properly - Schouman is likely to be the backup to Shawn Nelson entering 2010's training camp. Schouman is confident he can return to the field at full strength this year, according to a July 4 report. He feels like he is playing catch up a bit because he missed a lot of on-field work, but said he has had his nose in the playbook. "It's just getting the actual reps, being in the huddle and getting used to everything and that'll come with time," he noted. Schouman is still struggling to get on the field as of August 12th, 2010.

CHI TE Brandon Manumaleuna is recovering from knee surgery, and there is no timetable set for his return as of May 21, 2010. As of June 16, Manumaleuna stated that he hopes to be able to return to practice by the time training camp starts. Manumaleuna is the only player for Chicago to miss all the offseason workouts. "If there's a downer, it's that," coach Lovie Smith said on June 24. "But next time we get together as a football team for training camp, we should have all of our players ready to go." Manumaleuna (knee) missed the team's practice Friday, August 6, because he was having some trouble with his knee. Manumaleuna missed the team's practice Thursday, August 12 for a 3rd consecutive day due to ongoing problems with the knee.

CIN TE Jermaine Gresham joined the Bengals in the 1st round of the NFL draft. He is currently rehabbing a torn right ACL (September 2009) and has also torn his left ACL previously (high school injury). Coach Lewis said TE Jermaine Gresham is expected to play in the team's 1st preseason game (August 8th) even though he briefly held out of training camp. Gresham played in the 1st preseason game and snagged 3/37/0.

DAL TE Martellus Bennett suffered a concussion in mid-December of 2009 and was inactive in Week 15 as a result. Concussions/treating concussions properly are a point of emphasis for the NFL these days, and unfortunately a player is more prone to suffer future concussions once they've been concussed in the past. As of August 12th, Bennett is being closely monitored by the team due to an ankle injury that has limited him during training camp. Bennett returned to the field for the afternoon practice session on Sunday, August 15th.

DAL TE John Phillips has been lost for the season due to a torn ACL.

DET TE Brandon Pettigrew is rehabbing from knee surgery he underwent near the end of the 2009 season (December 22 surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee). The time frame for rehabbing a torn ACL fully is usually around one year (some players manage it in eight months, though). As of May 27, Pettigrew was taking part in individual drills at the Lions' minicamp. but not participating in team practices. Reports out of Detroit on June 8 indicated that Pettigrew will likely start training camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list so the Lions can monitor his rehab before letting him practice fully. On July 2, it was reported that Detroit Lions TE Brandon Pettigrew likely will be medically cleared to fully participate in workouts later this month. Pettigrew (knee) took part in all of the team's drills during the morning practice Wednesday, August 4, and looks like he'll fully participate in training camp. Pettigrew missed the morning practice on August 17th but returned for the afternoon session - his appearance in the 2nd preseason game is up in the air at mid-week.

DET TE Tony Scheffler was wearing a walking boot and did not participate in the Lions' organized team activity Thursday, May 13. Scheffler was said to have "irritated" his foot by coach Jim Schwartz, who expected Scheffler back to workouts "soon". On June 4, reports out of Detroit indicated that Scheffler participated in practice this week, and head coach Jim Schwartz said Scheffler has looked "very sharp" during drills. On July 6, Scheffler stated "I'm starting to get a little bit of chemistry with Matthew, and I love being in this offense. It's fun," Scheffler said. "There's a lot of chances for guys to get favorable matchups and kind of put the onus on you to step up and make plays." Scheffler had one catch for six yards in the preseason opener vs. Pittsburgh.

HOU TE Owen Daniels, during an interview on Sirius NFL Radio on April 13, said he is coming along very well in his rehab from a torn ACL. Daniels said this was the 3rd torn ACL he has suffered, and this was also the smoothest recovery. On July 1, it was reported that Daniels commented on how his knee was feeling. "The Doc says my ACL looks great, so I'm looking forward to being ready for Week 1." Daniels (knee) did not participate in morning practice Friday, July 30, reports Nick Scurfield, of HoustonTexans.com. Head coach Gary Kubiak said the team hopes Daniels will be ready for Week 1. Daniels said on August 1st, "I think we're just getting everything right to be ready for Week 1. I'll be ready to go for September. That's been the plan all along. We always want to be ready as far in advance as possible, but you've just got to roll with the punches and listen to what the doctor says. I'll be out here running next week; just doing the bike for now and working back into things. But I feel really good. I feel really good." As of August 8th, the Texans expected to get a clearer picture of Daniel's status within the next two weeks - he is still not participating in full contact.

HOU TE Anthony Hill had offseason surgery to correct a torn ACL in his knee in mid-December of 2009. "He's got a long road ahead of him," head coach Gary Kubiak said shortly after the surgery. Hill is expected to be back in the mix at some point in the future. On May 26, Kubiak said "He's way ahead of schedule, he's doing very well, but it's been thought of all the time that if we get to camp that he would do some possible work in seven-on-seven, non-contact type of stuff but (we would) not throw him right back into full banging, so to speak," Kubiak said. "So there's going to be some maneuvering to do, and Anthony realistically probably won't be ready until the beginning of the season." Hill was placed on the PUP list on August 1st.

IND TE Dallas Clark was unable to finish practice Friday, August 13, after injuring his left leg while running a pass route. There was no immediate comment on the severity of the injury, although the team doesn't seem very concerned about the situation. Head coach Jim Caldwell said Clark will not play in the team's preseason game but should return to practice soon.

JAX TE Zach Miller did not take part in offseason workouts and spent the whole spring on the rehab bike. Miller reportedly has a foot injury, but the report on June 26 asserted that it is a minor concern. He is expected to return for the start of training camp. He caught 1/18/0 vs. Philadelphia in the preseason opener.

KC TE Brad Cottam underwent surgery on his cracked vertebrae Wednesday, December 23. On June 2, reports out of KC indicated Cottam (neck) has not participated in workouts this offseason because of the neck injury he suffered last season. Cottam said he has seen several doctors during the offseason and is considered week-to-week. Cottam was placed on the PUP list on July 29th.

NE TE Rob Gronkowski was added to New England in the 2nd round of the draft on Friday, April 23. He missed the 2009 season due to a back injury/surgery but has been cleared to play and is reportedly fully recovered from the back issue. As of June 26 it appeared that Alge Crumpler is in the lead position among New England tight ends. Gronkowski signed his contract on July 25th (4 years, 4.4 million).

NO TE Jeremy Shockey struggled with a knee injury throughout the playoffs, but he did participate in the Super Bowl victory (and scored a TD during the game). However, on May 27 Shockey exhibited seizure-like symptoms and was hospitalized. Shockey will undergo a battery of tests to determine what caused the seizures - stay tuned. Shockey was out of the hospital on the 27 and planned to participate in OTAs as usual - the root cause of the issue remains disputed. New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton said on June 4 that Shockey did not have a seizure in the team's weight room last week but did faint due to low blood sugar and dehydration. Shockey did not take part in practice Sunday, August 1, because of knee soreness. Head coach Sean Payton said Shockey received treatment on his knee. Shockey did not participate in morning practice Monday, August 2, because the team is being cautious with Shockey's sore knee, according to coach Payton - he expects Shockey back in a few days. The injury occurred when Shockey banged knees with a team mate. Shockey caught 3/23/0 during the 1st preseason game vs. New England.

PHI TE Cornelius Ingram is recovering on schedule from his torn ACL (left knee, torn August 8, 2009 - the 2nd ACL tear in his left knee, each injury separated by 12 months). Ingram said on Monday, April 12 that his recovery is going well and that he should be healthy for Week 1. Ingram has been able to participate in workouts this offseason and has been able to do everything the coaches have asked him according to local reports in late May. On July 25th, it was reported that Ingram has recovered from his 2nd torn ACL in as many years. He is not showing any signs of limps or problems due to the previous injuries. The 1st graft he had failed, so the 2nd time the ACL tore he had it replaced by Dr. James Andrews, who used Ingram's patella ligament instead of one from a cadaver.

PIT TE Sean McHugh underwent arthroscopic knee surgery Wednesday, August 26, 2009. It was described as a cleanup procedure at 1st, but then the team placed McHugh on IR Saturday, September 5, terminating his 2009 season. It remains to be seen if he can retain his roster spot entering 2010 minicamps.

SD TE Antonio Gates suffered from foot pains during recent OTAs. According to reports, he is expected to return to the team and be present for mini-camp, but not to participate. The team is being cautious with Gates even though the pain was diagnosed as "not a serious injury" after doctors treated the problem. He spoke about the latest foot trouble on May 29, saying: "Just taking precautionary action because of the struggles in the past and all the things I have been through," Gates said. "It never was a major problem; it was something I wanted to make sure wasn't any worse." Gates was diagnosed with a slight case of plantar fasciitis, but it's his right, not left foot which has troubled him in the past. "That was the one that compensated through everything the last couple of years," Gates said. "The right foot has been more than special for me if I must say so." On June 12, Gates said his foot is feeling much better but he is not sure if he will be able to go at full speed during training camp until he tests the foot. During training camp, Gates has struggled more with a sore hamstring than the foot - he did return to practice on August 10th despite the soreness. Gates had one catch for five yards in the preseason opener on August 14th.

SF TE Vernon Davis strained his knee in the 1st preseason game over the weekend - he's downplaying the injury, saying he'll be fine as of 8/16/10, but this is a situation to keep your eyes on in the coming two weeks.

TB TE Kellen Winslow Jr. underwent an offseason knee surgery (date unspecified), a minor arthroscopic procedure that presumably cleaned out some excess scar tissue from previous surgeries stemming from a motorcycle crash in 2005 when he was a member of the Cleveland Browns. The latest surgery would be the 5th performed on his knee since the wreck. On June 14, Winslow returned to the team's facility to observe practice, but is not yet participating in workouts/practices.On Tuesday, June 15 Winslow stated that he feels pain in his right knee every day: "It feels good. It's just something I deal with every day. I'm not going to let these guys down, though...It's an every day thing. It really is. It's not easy, by any means necessary. But I've been through worse and I'll be back and I'll do my job and my thing." Winslow was on the field for practice Tuesday, June 22, but spent most of his time as an observer, according to reports from Tampa's OTAs. On July 6, it was reported that Tampa Bay Buccaneers TE Kellen Winslow (knee) participated in the latter part of offseason workouts away from the team but not appear to have any discomfort or obvious limitations in range of motion. Winslow was expected to take part in practice once training camp began, but that has not come to be. Winslow remained out of practice during evening workouts Monday, August 2 and is still nursing soreness in the knee in question. Winslow sat out of the 1st preseason game on August 14th, but is expected to see 12-15 snaps with the 1st team in the 2nd preseason game on August 21st.

TEN TE Jared Cook suffered a concussion in early December 2009. The team envisions him becoming more prominent in the offense during 2010, but it is worth noting that A) Bo Scaife received a $4.9 million tender offer and B) Cook has a history of concussions, which is something to be aware of given the heightened concern/treatment regimen the NFL has mandated for players who have concussions. Cook has been up and down during OTAs and training camp - most recently Cook dropped two passes during the team's practice Monday, August 16th, according to local reports.

WAS TE Chris Cooley's 2009 season was ruined by a broken ankle. He had surgery to place three pins in the ankle on Wednesday, October 28, and wasn't able to get back in the game during 2009, ending the year on Injured Reserve (Monday, November 30 the team made his IR move official). Fred Davis played very well in Cooley's absence last year, so there may be a positional battle brewing in training camp at TE. As of May 25, reports from Washington indicated that Cooley has been moving well during practice and appears to be fully recovered from the ankle injury he suffered last season. However, it remains to be seen which TE Donovan McNabb will favor between Cooley and Davis, or if the two will split the work at TE this year. Cooley has lined up on the outside with the wide receivers at times during June workouts. Cooley caught 3/33/0 during the 1st preseason game vs. Buffalo, but Davis handled a TD with 1/9/1.

Place Kickers

STL PK Josh Brown (hip) has not practiced all week due to a hip injury, according to reports on August 13th.

IND PK Adam Vinatieri underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on October 14, 2009, and wasn't able to play in the Super Bowl in February (Matt Stover handled the kicking duties for the Colts in the Super Bowl). We'll see if Vinatieri can bounce back from his subpar 2009 - if his knee is finally healed properly. Vinatieri did kick a field goal in the 1st preseason game vs. San Francisco (21 yards).

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