Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Practice report: Mo Wilk hurts hip, sits
By Rich Cimini
First-round DE Muhammad Wilkerson sat for the second half of practice Tuesday with what was called a hip injury. The former Temple standout didn't participate in any team drills, watching from the sideline as Ropati Pitoitua took the first-team reps.
Wilkerson's injury doesn't appear serious. He could've returned to practice, but was held out for precautionary reasons, the team said.
Other practice notes:
• WR Plaxico Burress (ankle) and RB Joe McKnight (ankle) also sat out team drills. Practice was held in the field house because of rain.
• The offense emphasized the perimeter running game, sprinkling in some misdirection runs in an attempt to keep the defense off balance. (If you've been reading this blog over the last few days, you know the defense has been dominating in practice.) LaDainian Tomlinson busted a run to the outside and showed some nice giddy-up.
• The Mark Sanchez-led passing game continued to sputter. Sanchez had TE Dustin Keller on a deep seam, but the throw was off target and broken up by S Eric Smith, who should've made the pick. Later, in a 7-on-7 drill, Sanchez made a terrific pump fake and lofted a nice deep ball to Santonio Holmes ... who dropped it.
• The No. 1 offense can't seem to get anything going in the two-minute drill. This time, starting at their 35, Sanchez was intercepted by S Brodney Pool, who caught a deflected pass that was intended for Keller.
• This was only Derrick Mason's second practice, but the former Ravens WR already is a factor. In a passing drill, he beat his man and hauled in a 35-yard TD pass from Sanchez. Later, in a red-zone drill, he got open in the back of the end zone and made a nice grab. After that, it was downhill for the offense inside the 20.
• During one of the breaks in practice, Sanchez worked on play-action drop backs from the 5-yard line, under the watchful eye of offensive consultant Tom Moore. Coordinator Brian Schottenheimer was in the end zone, catching the passes and also offering instruction.
• It's too soon to start talking about a kicking controversy, but ... It was a rough day for Nick Folk, who went 2-for-4, missing from 33 and 45 yards -- indoors. He was good from 36 and 40. Nick Novak was 3-for-4, missing from 40 ... TE Jeff Cumberland made a pretty juggling catch on a pass from rookie QB Greg McElroy ... OLB Garrett McIntyre recorded a "sack" ... Rookie Jeremy Kerley looked smooth while fielding punts.