Alumni Alert: NFL Camps

With NFL camps well underway, Fight On State has been keeping a close eye on the many Penn State alumni in the pros to track their progress as they prepare for the upcoming 2005 season.

Courtney Brown - Denver Broncos: Defensive end Courtney Brown sufered another injury, dislocating his left elbow in drills this week. Fortunately for Brown the X-rays were negative with no breaks, leading to a prognosis of a three- to four-week recovery period.

Head coach Mike Shanahan discussed Brown, telling, "He's such a great worker. He'll come back quicker than ever, and it's just an unfortunate setback."

Kenny Watson - Cincinnati Bengals: After undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery last week, the Bengals' running back was back in action this week.

Watson will participate in light drills and conditioning as a precaution but is expected to be cleared for practice next week after some observation.

Anthony Adams - San Francisco 49ers: Adams shared with us that the 49ers are shifting their scheme from a 4-3 to a 3-4. As he explained, "The will give me some experience at defensive end, which should help me out a lot overall."

Plagues with injuries at each of his prior camps, the three-year veteran "feels great" and is focused on taking better care of himself through camp.

Eddie Drummond - Detroit Lions: Drummond apparently got bored. After missing the first week of training camp due to a contract dispute the Pro-Bowl kick returnman signed a contract and has now returned to camp action.

LaVar Arrington - Washington Redskins: Still recovering from the knee injury which sidelined him for most of last season, his recovery is said to be progressing nicely, but will keep him out of camp drills.

Arrington is expected to be able to practice without restrictions within a couple of weeks, although it should be noted that recovery from this type of injury has taken longer than expected.

His knee was scoped in September and April. He suffered a re-injury while rehabbing last October.

Bryan Scott - Atlanta Falcons: Scott underwent left shoulder surgery in March and has been projected to miss the entire preseason.

Fortunately, his rehabilitation has gone smoothly enough for a possible return to action for the fourth preseason game Aug. 25 at Jacksonville or the fifth preseason game Sept. 1 at Miami.

He has been particiapting on 7-on-7 drills and is reportedly looking good in action, pulling in some interceptions along the way.

Larry Johnson - Kansas City Chiefs: Battling for significant carries against Priest Holmes, Larry Johnson is looking good in camp thus far. He was kept out of practice late this week presumably due to mild dehydration.

With Holmes suffering a mild concussion, questions are swirling about Holmes' durability and all eyes are focusing on Johnson to see if he is able to step up and carry the load.

Kerry Collins - Oakland Raiders: The starting quarterback for the Raiders, Collins did not practice Friday morning. Coach Norv Turner told, "We kind of planned this as we started camp."

Turner wants to occasionally rest Collins and allow backup quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo to have some time with the first team.

Collins has been wearing an elastic sleeve on his right knee, but Turner stressed that Collins' rest was not relatd to any injuries. Collins returned to the first team Friday afternoon.

He is reportedly passing well and looks good in camp drills.

Robbie Gould - New England Patriots: The rookie kicker is making the most of an incredible opportunity to learn from the best of the best — Adam Vinatieri. Gould has been working on his technique and accuracy and has received some positive reviews out of camp.

If there is one mark against him it would be consistentcy given that he has shown the ability to boot 50-plus yard field goals, but at times has missed significantly closer attempts.

As he explained to, "I'm trying to be competitive and learn as much as I can."

Joe Jurevicius - Seattle Seahawks: Jurevicius has looked sharp in 7-on-7 drills. It appears that he will see a majority of his reps in the slot. They ares using him around 8 to 10 yards, working his way into the hole in the zone and he does a consistent job of making himself an open target for the quarterbacks.

Jurevicius is a big target and pretty hard to miss. He looks to be a much needed added dimenstion to the Seahawk's offense.

John Gilmore - Chicago Bears: Head coach Lovie Smith taled about Gilmore, telling, "John is starting to make the move to stay up top."

Gilmore is considered to be the best blocking tight end on the roster.

"I take a lot of pride in it," Gilmore said. "I enjoy it. It's an attitude thing. You've got to go out there with attitude when it comes down to the blocking game and I think attitude supercedes technique in the long run, so it's something I enjoy doing."


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