BEREA – There were some fast-beating hearts during the Friday mini-camp practice when middle linebacker Andra Davis went down with what appeared to be a right shoulder injury.
"In the spirit of 2004 when the head coach was wrong a lot of the time on this stuff, I don't know," Butch said. "The doctors are going to take a look at it, and I'll tell you how it is tomorrow (Saturday). He wanted to come back and practice, but I said, ‘Why don't you just wait.' "
Butch said that Andra had good range of motion. He didn't seem to think the injury was serious, but he remained cautious.
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STILL HOPE FOR NORTHCUTT: Butch is hopeful that something can be worked out in contract talks with disgruntled receiver Dennis Northcutt.
"I want to be optimistic," Butch said. "I know we've had some good conversations. I've spoken with him personally. I'm going to put my mindset to the fact that we're going to be positive and that maybe we can get something done."
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WINSLOW LOOKS THE PART: First-round draft choice Kellen Winslow Jr. impressed Butch during his first practice.
"Suddenness, speed and quickness," Davis said when asked his first impressions. "Like all rookies, his head is spinning a little bit, but his head spinning didn't seem to slow him down one bit. They threw the ball to him on 7-on-7 about four times, and I think he caught them all."
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Defensive tackle Gerard Warren has switched from No. 94 to 61, which he wore at the University of Florida. Running back James Jackson has switched from 29 to 21. Cornerback Lewis Sanders, who signed with Jacksonville, had 21.
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Offensive tackle Ross Verba is 100 percent healthy and excited about starting at left tackle. Verba believes he's better suited at tackle than guard.
"If they want me to go to guard, then great, but I don't think there's anybody better than me at left tackle," Verba said on the first day of a three-day mini-camp. "Good luck trying to beat me out."