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Heed these following words of caution. Training Camp Hype (“TCH”)
is not the bible of fantasy football insight. When you view the
information contained in this article, remember that every NFL team
is fraught with the delivery of misinformation, sometimes to psyche
out an opponent, other times to motivate players within its own
camp and other times simply because the teams have no concept of
reality (i.e. the Oakland Raiders).
Here's the Hype for Week 2...
get a few out-for-the-season injuries in camp every year, and unfortunately
the Cardinals experienced one this week. Rookie running back Ryan
Williams will miss the season with a ruptured a patella tendon.
He is expected to have season-ending surgery this coming week. LaRod
Stephens-Howling is now the backup to Beanie Wells, with Alfonso
Smith (second-year out of Kentucky) at No. 3 on the depth chart.
Expect a free agent running back signing in the near future, but
Beanie Wells should see more carries than coach Ken Whisenhunt likely
envisioned just a few days ago. “I think there are a couple
of guys out there but you have to do some research,” Whisenhunt
said. “There may be opportunities a week or two from now
that aren’t here now, and we’ll see.”
Tight end Todd Heap sprained his thumb and although he practiced
all week, Heap was held out the Cardinals second preseason game
against Green Bay.
Matt Ryan thinks the Falcons are on the right track. “I think
we are ahead of where we were last year,” Ryan said. Word
is, the Falcons will open up the offense with more passing and three–wide
receiver sets, which is certainly music to Ryan’s ears.
Wide receiver Harry Douglas has nailed down the No. 3 spot. “I’m
here to do whatever they ask me to do—inside, outside, slot—whatever,”
said. “I love the offense.” Douglas was the lone
bright spot in an otherwise dismal performance against the Jaguars
Friday night. “It just seemed like we were out of sync offensively,”
Falcons coach Mike Smith said. ”We have some things that
we definitely have to correct and that’s what the preseason
Tight end Justin Peelle suffered a severe injury that will cause
him to miss “major time.” As a result, the Falcons
signed veteran Reggie Kelly.
receiver Lee Evans made his debut Friday night against the Chiefs
and didn’t disappoint, hauling in three catches for 68 yards.
"Lee Evans has been a great addition to our offense since
the day he got here," offensive coordinator Cam Cameron said.
"For the most part, I felt I played effectively," Evans
said. "I think the communication was good, our assignments
were good and it was a decent start. I
look forward to building off of it."
According to the Baltimore
Sun, running back Jalen Parmele’s roster spot may in
jeopardy with the signing of Ricky Williams.
Rookie wideout Torrey Smith has a grip on the team’s No.
3 receiver spot. When he enters the game, Anquan Boldin will slide
into the slot.
Bills slot receiver, Roscoe Parrish, is being babied in camp with
a hamstring injury. He returned to practice on Wednesday but missed
Saturday night’s game against Denver. This injury has hampered
him for the better part of two weeks.
Donald Jones is expected to fill the void left by Lee Evans, and
a number of pundits are high on Jones, including SI’s Peter
King… "The Bills are going to throw it a lot. Jones
could be the second-most productive receiver to Steve Johnson.
Don't worry if you haven't heard of him. No one in your league
has, either.” Before we all suck down the hype with one
big gulp, understand that Jones is a starter almost by default,
as David Nelson and Roscoe Parrish are ideally slot receivers.
"I hope they dare us to beat 'em deep," said
Fitzpatrick. "Stevie and Donald, they probably don't
have the speed that Lee has, but they've got the ability to go
up and get the ball. They're both big guys, and they can catch
those contested balls. If they want to dare us to throw deep,
that's what we're going to do and I think we're going to be successful
with both the guys we have out there."
quarterback Cam Newton was unimpressive in his starting role Friday
night against Miami. As is the case with many young quarterback,
Newton was inaccurate and appeared to be unsure
of himself. Overall, he was 7-14 for 66 yards. "I'm not
going to worry about who's the starting quarterback and who's
not," Newton said. "I'm just going to worry about myself
and getting better. With this performance tonight, I'm not pleased
with it at all." Head coach Ron Rivera would like to name
a starting quarterback before the Panthers head into the third
preseason game. Neither Newton nor Jimmy Clausen has done much
to earn the job on the field. Unless Clausen makes a significant
move in camp this week, you have to think Rivera will lean toward
the rookie. Stay tuned…
On the medical front, keep your eyes and ears on Jonathan Stewart.
He missed some practice time this week after aggravating his Achilles
and missed the game Friday night. This injury plagued Stewart
last year so it’s worth monitoring.
How about some fourth-string tight end news? In case he was on
your fantasy radar, Gary Barnidge broke his ankle in Friday night’s
preseason game. Greg Olsen, Jeremy Shockey, and Ben Hartsock will
pick up the slack.
the biggest story in Bears camp has been the demotion of wide
receiver Johnny Knox. “I’ve been in this situation
told the Sun-Times last week. “But I’ve been turning
doubters into believers my whole life. So it’s just time
to make people believe. In this offense, it doesn’t matter
about being No. 1, No. 2 or No. 3. If you come out and perform,
you will be a big part of this offense, and that’s all I’m
trying to be.” Roy Williams and Devin Hester are still running
with the starters while Knox is playing behind Williams. This
camp battle may have some fight in it yet.
Chemistry between Williams and quarterback Jay Cutler has been
a hot topic this week. Williams indicated they are 60 percent
of the way there. "It varies," Williams said. "Hopefully,
it will be there by Week 1." Cutler was equally underwhelmed
saying about Williams, "He's coming along, he's getting back
into shape, taking more and more plays every day." Not exactly
the sparks you’re looking for from your quarterback and
No. 1 wide receiver.
Running back Chester Taylor may be on the market soon, but he’s
putting on a good face. "Everybody's going to talk,'' he
said. "(But) it's all about your play on the field.'' And
his offensive coordinator is giving him a vote of confidence…
"Chester is having a heck of a camp,'' Martz said. "He
has lost some weight. He's in great shape.'' However, Marion Barber
was brought in for a reason, and Taylor isn’t suited for
special teams like running back Kahlil Bell. Add it all up and
Taylor is in danger of being on the chopping block. "The
coaches are going to make their decisions and the evaluations,''
Taylor said, "so I'm just going to come out here and keep
receiver A.J. Green briefly left practice on Wednesday after injuring
his right leg. “I’m fine. I was just sore yesterday
and took precautions,” said Green. He returned to practice
Thursday and participated in all team drills without issue.
Hardesty is ready to take the field again after tearing his ACL
in the final preseason game last year. "It's been a long
Hardesty. "I can't wait. I'm ready to go.'' Hardesty
will see action this Thursday against the Eagles. "Each day
he looks better and better,'' said head coach Pat Shurmur. "He's
anxious to get back. We're looking for him to compete. He got
a lot of reps today. He's looking more and more comfortable with
the knee.'' Hardesty’s return comes at just the right time,
as Brandon Jackson pulled up lame with turf toe in Cleveland’s
preseason game against the Lions.
Hamstrings are the injury of choice for a couple of key offensive
producers. Running back Peyton Hillis and tight end Ben Watson
are suffering, but both were on the practice field Sunday after
sitting out Friday’s game against Detroit.
Mohamed Massaquoi (foot) continues to miss valuable practice
time. He is expected to do some running this week, but is not
expected to play Thursday against the Eagles. His fantasy value
continues to take a nosedive.
Tight end Evan Moore is a promising player but it appears he may
have suffered a concussion in Friday night’s game. Moore
will be monitored closely because he’s had concussion issues
in the past.
only real offensive camp battle is for the No. 3 wide receiver
position. Kevin Ogletree is the front-runner, but Dwayne Harris
is making a name for himself thanks to five catches, 127 yards
and a couple of TDs in the Cowboys’ first preseason game.
His play in practice, however, has been less than stellar. This
is Ogletree’s job to lose according to head coach Jason
Garrett. “Kevin, like a lot of our younger players, shows
you some flashes. They need to do it consistently. He's done that
more and more over the last three years. He just needs to keep
doing it. He needs to come to work every day, break the huddle
on every play ready to be his best, and eliminate some of those
negative plays. He's doing better at that.”
At running back, Tashard Choice (calf) and rookie DeMarco Murray
(hamstring) missed their second straight preseason game due to
injury. Lonyae Miller is running with the second team behind Felix
Jones while Choice and Murray are on the mend.
growing wisdom is that Brady Quinn will open the season as the
No. 2 quarterback behind Kyle Orton. Quinn and Tim Tebow shared
second-string reps in practice this week, and Quinn (10-16,130
yards, 1 TD, 1 INT) served as the No. 2 quarterback in Denver’s
preseason game against the Bills. Head coach John Fox said that
it was “fitting” for Quinn to be the second quarterback
in that game because Tebow was second last week. Is
it still an open competition? “That’s how I’m
going to approach it,” Tebow said. The pecking order for
Denver’s third preseason game against Seattle will gives
us a good indication of who John Fox prefers to start this season
with as Orton’s backup.
fans have had enough of the injury bug. Whether it’s the
fear of Matthew Stafford’s shoulder in a sling by Week 2
or losing their rookie running back before the season even begins,
you can’t blame fans of the silver and blue if they fear
the worst every time a player needs medical attention. Here we
go again? Running back Jahvid Best suffered a concussion on the
first offensive play for the Lions Friday night and while he stayed
in a couple more plays after being knocked “woozy”
he missed practice Sunday as the Lions will “take it slow”
with their starting running back.
On the positive side, numerous players returned to the practice
field Sunday after missing Friday’s preseason win over Cleveland
(30-28), including RB Maurice Morris (hand), WR Calvin Johnson
(shoulder), TE Tony Scheffler (hand), and WR Titus Young who practiced
on a limited basis due to a hamstring injury. "Hopefully
this puts it in his rear-view mirror and we’ll get him out
in full practice tomorrow and still play it by ear," Lions
coach Jim Schwartz said. "But this was a big step, full speed,
even though it was just 7-on-7 it was full-speed and it was guys
jamming him and guys pressing on him and all those kind of things
that go on in a practice."
Green Bay Packers
McCarthy talked about a number of his offensive players after
Friday night’s game against Arizona….
Rookie RB Alex Green: “It's great to have him back. It looks
like he is moving very well from his quad strain. I thought he
made a good first impression."
RB Ryan Grant: "I was trying to get him a little more work
this week than last week. I'd like to see the one draw play because
it looked like it had a chance to come out. But he needs reps.
They all do. Running backs are just like quarterbacks. The quarterbacks
and your running backs and your centers, they have the largest
responsibility for decision-making in your offnese. And so they
Then QB Aaron Rodgers took to the microphone. "It was good
to have him (Jermichael Finley) back. He is a difference-maker
for us. He is a tough match-up problem. I wish I would have thrown
a better one to him on the corner route that got knocked away
by Porter. But it was nice to have him back out there. He's going
to have a big role for us this season."
answered any questions about his hamstring injury with a 5-carry
47-yd, 2 TD performance Saturday night against New Orleans. "I
feel like I got better," Foster said. "That's your
goal as an athlete - to get better every time you touch the field.
I feel like I got a little better." Foster can’t get
much better on your cheatsheet. He’ll be one of the first
running backs off the board in your draft.
The backup spot behind Foster and potential handcuff is a little
fuzzy thanks to Ben Tate’s (9 carries, 95 yds, 1 TD) return
to the spotlight. It's been over a year since I've been out there
on the field. I wasn't thinking about anything... I didn't want
to come out of the game for nothing." Head coach Gary Kubiak
was also impressed. "That's a big step forward in his career
because let's remember - he hasn't played a lot of football so
if we get that out of him behind Arian, that's going to be a nice
thing to have," Kubiak said. Derrick Ward is also having
a good camp but sat out preseason game #2 after suffering a concussion
last week. The team is also being cautious with Steve Slaton (hamstring).
All are in the mix to become Foster’s handcuff… this
one could go down to the wire.
eyes are on Peyton Manning’s neck and Jim Irsay’s
Twitter account. The Colts owner fueled the fire that Manning
may not be ready for Week 1… "It's always been something
where we hope he can be ready, and we still hope,'' Irsay said.
"But it's possible he won't. "It's been a fluid situation
from the beginning. Bill and Chris have kept a running list of
who's out there. We'll see what happens.'' The only thing we know
for sure is that Manning will not play in the final two preseason
games. "I certainly want to be out there, and it's hard to
keep track of the hours I've spent in rehab," Manning said.
"I was short-changed a little bit by the lockout and I'm
going to need every bit of the next two weeks, and then I can
give you more of an update with where I am. "I have made
progress, but I still have some work to do. When I'm healthy enough,
I'll be able to play.'' At this point you have to be concerned
as a fantasy owner but it would be hard to bet against Manning
being on the field come Week 1. Stay tuned…”
the only real quarterback camp battle is happening in Jacksonville
where rookie Blaine Gabbert and David Garrard are competing for
the starting spot. Garrard
remains the favorite after Gabbert turned in a so-so performance
(11-23, 96 yards) Friday night. What may allow Gabbert to see
the field this season is Garrard’s back. "I didn't
feel anything during the offseason," said Garrard, who spent
most of it in Jacksonville. "But once we started back it
just all of a sudden started to creep up on me, building up so
much that it eventually locked up. I've never had it where I couldn't
walk or if I did have to sit out a little bit of that practice
where I couldn't come back the next practice." Garrard has
missed some practice this season but took the majority of snaps
this week. Expect Garrard and Gabbert to once again share time
in the Jacksonville’s third preseason game.
Too hot for Hill? Starting receiver Jason Hill apparently isn’t
used to the heat in the south. "Coming from the West Coast,
never being out here before, it was a little tough to adjust to,"
Hill said. "But I think now I'm starting to get my legs.
We've got a little less than a month to go with this camp stuff,
so I think by the time regular-season comes, I'll be rolling."
Kansas City Chiefs
Todd Haley and the Chiefs won’t reveal the details but apparently
rookie wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin fractured his thumb after
getting into a scuffle with RB Thomas Jones. Apparently some of
the veterans on the team had enough of Baldwin’s attitude.
Baldwin missed Friday night’s preseason game and is now
back at practice, riding a bike with his injured thumb wrapped
Dexter McCluster will be used at the running back position this
season. There are frankly better options at the receiver position
with Jerheme Urban and Steve Breaston on the roster. “There
is a clear-cut vision for him right now,” Chiefs Head Coach
Todd Haley said. “But I think being that slot receiver,
from a learning-standpoint, takes some time when you haven’t
lined up and done it for four years in college. Knowing we were
going to miss an off-season, I thought that would be a potential
setback for him.” McCluster will get some looks in the third
down role, on gadget plays and in the return game but he’s
not worth owning in redraft leagues.
Bush is bringing flash back to the Miami offense. Bush sat out
that first preseason game, but had 53 yards rushing and 33 yards
receiving in the first half of Miami’s win over Carolina.
With Daniel Thomas off to a slow start there are rumblings that
the two RBs may split carries in a 50-50 fashion this year. Bush
is listed as the teams’ starting running back but even if
starts the season in that capacity you have to wonder how long
he will last in that role given his injury history. "I pride
myself on being one of the hardest workers," Bush said, "and
vow to be one of the hardest workers - if not the hardest worker
- on the team."
of the Vikings skill position players have been dealing with nagging
injuries during the first two weeks of camp. WR Percy Harvin (ribs)
and TE Visanthe Shiancoe (hamstring) have returned to practice
since leaving August 8th with injuries. "They all was (worried),"
Harvin said, smiling. "They actually told me not to dive,
not to block, but I'm going to play football and make football
plays." Adrian Peterson handcuff, Toby Gerhart was held out
Monday thanks to a sore Achilles.
The Vikings are thin at receiver so it’s no surprise that
rookie TE Kyle Rudolph is being used in the slot in certain personnel
groups. It’s hard to imagine the rookie making a significant
impact with Visanthe Shiancoe in the mix but it’s a good
indication of what the Vikings coaches think of Rudolph’s
New England Patriots
to do with Patriots two-headed monster at tight end? During the
first half o the team’s second preseason game Rob Gronkowski
was on the field for 39 of the 41 snaps while Aaron Hernandez
was on the field for 21 of the 41 snaps. Hernandez finished with
3 catches, 42 yards and 1 TD on 3 targets. Gronkowski hauled in
0 catches, 0 yards on 1 target. There’s no need to damper
your enthusiasm over Gronkowski, if you are high on his prospects,
but this is just another example of how both will eat into each
other’s fantasy value in 2011.
New Orleans Saints
watching the wide receiver group closely this preseason. Marques
Colston missed about a week after experiencing swelling in his
surgically repaired right knee. He participated in Saturday night’s
game catching one pass for three yards on limited snaps. Lance
Moore and Devery Henderson were the starting wideouts.
In running back news, Pierre Thomas (remember him?) started the
game and looked good rushing 6 times for 33 yards along with rookie
Mark Ingram (7 carries, 25 yards, 1 TD). Both are alternating
reps with the first team in practice. Ingram appears to be getting
the majority of goaline work, which gives him the leg up in fantasy
New York Giants
Hakeem Nicks and Mario Manningham locked in as starters; the Giants
are searching for someone to take control of the number 3 wideout
position. Victor Cruz was the man in preseason game number two
catching 3 passes for 40 yards. Domenik Hixon (2 catches 13 yards,
1 TD) is also in mix. Ramses Barden is still wasting away on the
PUP list although he hopes to be back to practice “soon.”
This battle won’t be decided until final cuts are made.
The Giants got their ground game going against Chicago, specifically
Brandon Jacobs (6 carries, 48 yards, 1 TD). This guy is a beast
and if he stays healthy, you can expect a near 50-50 split in
carries, with Bradshaw seeing more catches out of the backfield
but Jacobs receiving more work around the goaline.
New York Jets
backup QB Mark Brunell is slow to recover from a calf strain and
remains out giving valuable reps to Greg McElroy.
Greene is missing action due to a low-grade skin infection.
"We think he'll be fine next week," the coach said.
The starting running missed Sunday's preseason game against the
Bengals after missing practice Thursday afternoon. Greene is taking
antibiotics to treat the infection.
Raiders are getting some pieces back on the practice field. RB
Darren McFadden (broken face) returned Monday as did WR Jacoby
Ford (fractured hand). McFadden suffered a broken orbital bone
in his left eye on Aug. 3, “looked as if he had never been
away”. "It wasn't like it was holding me back as far
as my legs or anything," McFadden said of his injury. "It
wasn't like I was going to miss a step." Ford practiced sparingly
in the team session but “had little trouble catching the
ball.” Said Raiders coach Hue Jackson: "They were fast.
One could run real good, the other one catches real well. It makes
you smile, because those are two guys we depend on. They will
be ready when the time comes."
QB Jason Campbell was supposed to practice Monday after sustaining
a blow to the head during the Raiders preseason game against the
49ers but he was a no-show. This was a “precautionary”
TE Kevin Boss is “week to week” after suffering a
sprained knee against San Francisco. Don’t expect to see
him anymore this preseason and don’t draft him as your #1
fantasy tight end. You can do better.
big story still remains the health of Jeremy Maclin. Head coach
Andy Reid admitted that Maclin’s conditioning is still an
obstacle. He is still about "a week or so" away. He
did conditioning drills Saturday and is reportedly close to his
playing weight of 198 pounds. For what it’s worth, Maclin
is confidant saying there is “no doubt” that he will
be ready for Week 1. Andy Reid stopped short of confirming Maclin’s
availability for the opener.
QB battle: Byron Leftwich is number two while Dennis Dixon and
Charlie Batch are fighting for the leftovers. Roethlisberger
is excited about the depth Pittsburgh has at QB. "[With]
a lot of teams you hear people say, 'Oh, my God, we would never
survive if Peyton Manning went down' or Tom Brady or something
like that," Roethlisberger said. "We can not only survive,
we can thrive and win."
RB Isaac Redman continues to impress this preseason. ESPN blogger
James Walker called Redman “one of the best players I saw
in camp.” Redman is quickly rising up draft boards and a
must handcuff for Mendenhall owners.
Kicker Shaun Suisham is out after having an appendectomy but he
is expected back in time for the regular season.
St. Louis Rams
coordinator Josh McDaniels is having WR Mike
Sims-Walker work at all three wide receiver positions. "Our
philosophy is, we want to do what we should do each week based
on the opponent, and that may change," McDaniels said. "We
may end up having more guys in the slot from one week and then
the next week we don't line up in slot formation at all because
that is not really how to beat that team. We have to be flexible
so we can attack and put stress on the defense as best we can."
The Rams opened in a funky formation, three tight ends and one
receiver, in Saturday’s preseason game. The lone receiver
was Brandon Gibson and he scored on an 83-yard TD pass from Sam
Bradford. Gibson appears to have a hold on one starting spot but
the position is still a crowded mess. I thought we got some production
out of the receiving corps, and the competition continues,"
said coach Steve Spagnuolo. It will be interesting to see if the
Rams keep 6 receivers once the rosters are trimmed in a couple
WR Danario Alexander missed practice Monday. He had an MRI on
his knee, which came back negative. "It's not that anything
happened," coach Steve Spagnuolo said. "It's just that
it feels funny on him. We just want to make sure we're not dealing
with anything serious, and put his mind at ease."
San Diego Chargers
Chargers are dinged up at the receiver position. Malcom Floyd
suffered a concussion in Sunday’s preseason game against
the Cowboys and Patrick Crayton is expected to miss 10-14 days
due to arthroscopic surgery on his ankle to remove bone spurs.
After two preseason games it appears Ryan Mathews and Mike Tolbert
are still locked in a RBBC situation. “This game has become
so physical,” (Norv) Turner said in the final week of 2010.
“That position is too hammered for one guy,” running
backs coach Ollie Wilson said. “LT going 400 snaps or whatever
it is thing of the past, so we prepare both guys in that situation.
People get caught up with who’s the first guy out on the
field. We don’t have starters. We got guys that come in
Barrows of the Scaramento Bee had some interesting thoughts on
the 49ers backup running backs: “Anthony Dixon is No. 2
on the depth chart but is still vexing coaches by not running
like a 245-pound back. Kendall Hunter is excellent at hitting
the hole and getting through tight spaces. He's also serving as
the team's preseason kick returner. All in all, a promising training
camp for the rookie runner.
There’s been hype about a possible QB competition between
Alex Smith and rookie Colin Kaepernick but Smith is the clear
starter for now.
end John Carlson has “a little labrum issue” according
to head coach Pete Carroll. Carlson hasn’t seen the practice
field in a week so this is starting to be a concern.
What’s even more concerning is the fact that head coach
Pete Carroll isn’t ready to open up the starting QB job
for competition. "I'm not in that mindset at all," Carroll
said. "I love that Charlie played well, and I think we need
to give Tarvaris a chance to play well, too, with the guys around
him. I felt like he was out there fighting for it, and he did
a good job of competing."
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
looking more and more like Dezmon
Briscoe will be the opening day starter opposite Mike Williams.
"I had to wait until my opportunity came and make sure I
seize it," Briscoe said. The opportunity is there because
Arrelious Benn is still recovering from his ACL injury. "He
and Mike (Williams) are similar in that respect, going up, shielding
the defender," receivers coach Eric Yarber said. "He
has good enough speed, but he's a precision route runner. He has
no technical flaws in his routes. Quickness is a necessity, speed
is a luxury. If you've got great speed without quickness, you'll
never be able to use it."
Earnest Graham is the front-runner to backup Blount. He is spelling
Blount on third downs.
Rookie TE Luke Stocker (hip) returned to practice Sunday.
holdout continues. RB Chris Johnson is not in camp and it doesn’t
appear he will be anytime soon. “It’s too early to
panic,” Coach Mike Munchak said Sunday. Johnson has missed
three weeks and two preseason games and we’re three weeks
away from the start of the regular season. In the meantime rookie
Jamie Harper is getting valuable reps and Javon Ringer is expected
to return to practice this week after missing preaseaon game #2
with a hip injury. “If C.J. doesn’t show up, we have
to go with what we have,’’ fullback Ahmard Hall said.
“It is exciting to see we have some guys that can break
some long ones and get it done in the running game. But we all
want C.J. here, of course.”
Sticking with the off-field
news, Kenny Britt is scheduled to meet with NFL Commissioner
Roger Goodell in New York on Tuesday. “We'll have a sit-down,
talk over what happened, see where our minds are at, see where
I am at and see what happens from there,” Britt said on
Monday. “I'm being hopeful that nothing happens to me. I
plan on being real. I was brought up to be a man of his word,
a man who takes up for his actions and things like that. That's
how my father raised me up and that's how I will go in there tomorrow.
We’ll see what happens. It is all in God’s hands.”
Shanahan is being his usual self and isn’t planning on naming
a starting QB until right before their Week 1 game against the
Giants. Rex Grossman started the first preseason game, John Beck
started the second. The smart money is on Beck to open the season
as the starter.
TE Chris Cooley had arthroscopic knee surgery Jan. 3 but after
attempting to practice the knee swelled. “I have enough
cartilage in my knee,” he said. “The problem was over
a long period of time I was starting to bruise around it, and
the joint around it was becoming so irritated.” Cooley hopes
to practice next week and “can’t imagine not playing
against the Giants” Week 1.