Around NFL training camps: Aug. 19


Chargers tight end Antonio Gates has been taken
off the physically unable to perform list and participated in parts
of practice after passing a physical.

Gates had surgery nearly six months ago to repair a tear in the
plantar plate of his left foot. He injured his left big toe during
a playoff game against Tennessee last January. He was placed on the
PUP list in late July.

Gates says his prospects look good for playing in the
regular-season opener against the Carolina Panthers on Sept.
7, but only if he doesn't have any setbacks with his foot.

If Gates hadn't passed a physical before the final roster
cutdown on Aug. 30, he would have been required to miss the
first six games of the regular season.

-- The Associated Press


Bills starting quarterback Buffalo Bills starting quarterback Trent Edwards sustained a deep bruise to his right quadriceps during practice Tuesday night, and it's unclear whether he'll return to practice this week.

Coach Dick Jauron said trainers began treating the injury immediately to reduce any potential swelling after Edwards walked off the field with a slight limp. Jauron said it was too early to determine whether Edwards would be able to practice Wednesday or play in Buffalo's preseason game at Indianapolis on Sunday.

"We'll just have to wait and see what tomorrow holds for it so I'll wait until the morning," Jauron said. "Sometimes they come back very quickly, and sometimes they don't. Sometimes it turns into a deep bleeding thing and we're hoping it's not that."

Edwards was hurt about 45 minutes into practice during 11-on-11 drills when he collided with running back Marshawn Lynch's knee after handing off the ball. Edwards went down and lay on the field for about 5 minutes as team trainers examined his right leg. Also joining Edwards was Bills chief operating officer Russ Brandon.

Edwards favored his right leg when he was helped up, and then walked on his own to the team's locker room at training camp in suburban Rochester.

Lynch continued practicing, but began experiencing soreness in his knee shortly after the session ended and was taken to the trainer's room as a precaution, Jauron said.

Backup linebacker John DiGiorgio was held out of practice Tuesday because of a sore calf muscle.

Receivers Roscoe Parrish (left leg) and rookie second-round pick James Hardy (sore hamstring) both missed their second straight practice. Jauron said he expects both to resume practicing by Thursday.

The Bills break camp on Wednesday, and return to their Orchard Park headquarters.
-- The Associated Press


Tampa Bay offensive lineman Davin Joseph injured his foot during Sunday night's preseason victory over New England and could be out for the Buccaneers' season opener.

The Tampa Tribune and St. Petersburg Times reported the third-year guard, the Bucs' first-round draft pick two seasons ago, underwent surgery for a broken foot. However, there was no confirmation from coach Jon Gruden or the team on nature or severity of the injury.

"Davin Joseph has hurt his foot. He's getting X-rays and examinations and all those things at this point in time, but I don't have anything concrete in terms of what the injury is," Gruden said after practice Tuesday.

Joseph has started 28 of 29 games at right guard since entering the league as the 23rd player selected in the 2006 draft. He missed the first three games of his rookie year after a knee injury.

Rookie Jeremy Zuttah moves into Joseph's spot on a young offensive line that's expected to be one of Tampa Bay's strengths this season.

Meanwhile, wide receiver Joey Galloway practiced for the first time this summer. He missed all of training camp with a sore groin.

Quarterback Jeff Garcia, sidelined most of training camp by a right calf strain, also practiced. Gruden said it's too early to predict if he'll make his preseason debut this weekend against Jacksonville.
-- The Associated Press


Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu participated in a full practice for the first time this preseason.

Polamalu, who has been selected to the past four Pro Bowls, was placed on the physically unable to perform list on the first day of training camp. He had injured his hamstring before arriving and has only worked out lightly on his own.

"I like the fact that they're taking it slow because a hamstring is the kind of thing that you definitely don't want to have linger throughout the season," Polamalu said.

Polamalu made it through practice at the team's facility Tuesday "looking pretty good," coach Mike Tomlin said. Later, neither Polamalu nor Tomlin would commit to his playing Saturday against Minnesota.
-- The Associated Press


A day after he returned to the practice field, Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck is again dealing with a balky back.

Hasselbeck left Tuesday morning's practice after about 45 minutes when his back began to tighten up. He returned at the start of the afternoon session to do some stretching with the team, but walked off the field and back into the locker room with the rest of the injured Seahawks.

The Pro Bowl quarterback fully participated in a practice Monday for the first time since his back stiffened following Seattle's first preseason game against Minnesota on Aug. 8. The Seahawks won 34-17.

Hasselbeck said after that practice he will play in the Seahawks' preseason game on Monday at San Diego.

Hasselbeck did not play in last Saturday's preseason game against Chicago, a 29-26 victory in overtime. Backup Charlie Frye played the entire game against the Bears.

-- The Associated Press


Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Bernard Berrian has a sore toe on his right foot that has limited him in practice for the past week.

The injury kept him out of Saturday's exhibition game at Baltimore. After Tuesday's practice, Berrian said his condition is "a day-to-day thing" and that he's not sure whether he'll play Saturday against Pittsburgh.

"We're trying to wait and see and make sure everything's right before we get to the season," said Berrian, who signed a six-year contract with $16 million guaranteed to be Minnesota's top receiver after four years with Chicago.

For a player paid to stretch the defense down the field and catch long passes, an injury that affects running ability is certainly a concern. Though Berrian appeared in all 16 games for the Bears, he had the same problem last season.

"Hopefully, if I get enough rest before it really gets as serious as it did last year, then I'll be good by the season," Berrian said.

-- The Associated Press


The Tennessee Titans waived punter Josh Miller on Tuesday and replaced him on the roster by signing defensive back Tuff Harris.

Miller took part in Tuesday morning's special-teams session before being released. Miller signed with the Titans on April 25 and spent all but the final two practices of training camp with the team. He was their second punter on the roster, helping veteran punter Craig Hentrich.

The 38-year-old punter joined the Titans as a chance to work out for other teams. He was with New England last year but was cut so late he couldn't catch on with another team for the season.

Harris was an undrafted free agent in 2007 out of Montana, who had signed with the Miami Dolphins.

-- The Associated Press


Coach Ken Whisenhunt continues to divide the quarterback playing time, and will use Matt Leinart as the starter Saturday against the Oakland Raiders.

According to the East Valley (Ariz.) Tribune, the Cardinals' third preseason game is an indicator of who will be the starting quarterback, and means Leinart could end up playing into the third quarter.

If Arizona finds itself in a situation to work on its two-minute offense, Whisenhunt might put in Kurt Warner.
"There are components of our offense that we want to see Matt execute and there are certain things we want to see Kurt do," Whisenhunt told the East Valley Tribune.


Safety Ed Reed, who has missed two preseason games because of a shoulder injury, might not be ready for the regular-season opener on Sept. 7 against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who had been deflecting concerns over Reed's status, acknowledged there is a little more uncertainty now.

"I think it's a little more slow progress than we all thought it was going to be," Harbaugh told The Baltimore Sun on Tuesday. "Maybe Ed had a sense of that at one time because he's the guy that feels it. We're still optimistic that he'll be there the first week but I don't think you can say 'definitely' right now."

On a more optimistic front, running back Willis McGahee said he would be ready for the regular season. McGahee has been sidelined by a knee injury, which has caused him to miss most of training camp and
both preseason games.


The injury bug has bitten 49ers offensive tackle Jonas Jennings again. Jennings, who played only five games last season because of an ankle injury, had surgery on Monday to repair a broken bone in his right hand, which he suffered in Saturday's exhibition game.

Coach Mike Nolan said Jennings will miss this week's preseason game against the Bears, but should be available for the last exhibition game on Aug. 29, against the Chargers, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Jennings, who has been with the 49ers for three seasons, has missed 32 games because of various ankle, wrist and shoulder injuries.


Michael Vick, serving a 23-month sentence in federal prison in Leavenworth, Kan., got a visit from friend and former teammate Alge Crumpler last month.

Crumpler told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he "tried not to talk to him much about football or worry about what is going to happen when he gets out eventually." Crumpler also wanted to tell Vick that he would be there for him when Vick is released after serving time for organizing and bankrolling a multistate dogfighting ring.

Crumpler, now with the Tennessee Titans, did not want to discuss the prison living conditions with the Journal-Constitution. He did say that he did not believe Vick's playing career was over.

"I just want everything in his life to be in order when he gets out,'' Crumpler said in the Journal-Constitution. "He's got an uphill battle. He is certainly talented enough to play in the National Football League as a quarterback. Somebody will take him, but I think he has a lot more things he needs to focus on -- his inner circle, the people around him, his finances -- so he can try and be a better person when he gets out of this ordeal.''


Ronnie Brown and coach Tony Sparano may be trying to downplay Brown's sprained right thumb, but Brown has had only five preseason carries, and he won't be playing in this week's game against the Kansas City Chiefs, according to South Florida media outlets.

Brown, who is trying to come back from a torn knee ligament suffered Oct. 21, has a removable cast. The injury means that Ricky Williams moves up the depth chart to be the No. 1 running back -- at least for this week.

"Even the other night, it seemed like Ricky carried the ball a bunch, but Ricky only played 16 plays total, 10 of those were carries," Sparano said in The Miami Herald. "We need to get him some more work as we get on in this and certainly would need to get Ronnie a little bit more work too."


Tom Brady may be the center of the Patriots' world, but injuries in the secondary can't be sneezed at.
Brandon Meriweather, a second-year safety, limped off the field Sunday in a 27-10 preseason loss against the Buccaneers with an apparent leg injury.

According to the Boston Globe, a league source said Meriweather should be able to play in the Patriots' season opener Sept. 7 against the Chiefs. He likely will not play in the last two preseason games, however, against the Eagles and the Giants.

There are few details of Meriweather's injury, as would be expected from the taciturn Bill Belichick. "We'll see how that goes," Belichick said Sunday night. "I'm not sure exactly what the situation is, but hopefully that's not a problem."