Practice Notes: Day 19

Dilfer gets frustrated, Cutch re-appears, and Reuben gets ready...

Dilfer Frustrated: QB Trent Dilfer threw his helmet to the ground in disgust after a play in the scrimmage portion of Tuesday morning's practice.

"I wasn't throwing the ball where I was looking," Dilfer said.

Dilfer said he had a bad practice.

"I was focusing on myself," he said. "I had my worst practice of the year. I apologized to the team for losing my cool. I let my emotions get the best of me."

Romeo Crennel said it didn't bother him that Dilfer showed some emotion.

"It's training camp and guys display," Crennel said. "It shows he's trying to get it right. I think it's o.k. for the young guys to see the veterans show emotions. It proves to them that it means something."

Dilfer knows as being a quarterback much of the focus is on him.

"A lot time overcoming the ebbs and flows of the season starts with me," he said. "I've been preaching since I got here that nothing will bother us. I don't want to be a hypocrite.

"There will be times this year when things will go wrong and I've been talking about not letting it bother us. Today, I let things bother me."

McCutcheon Sighting:
CB Daylon McCutcheon was on the field and participated in some individual drills, although was not in full pads.

"It's coming slow and steady," Romeo Crennel said. "He's doing a little bit at a time. There's no timetable for his full return."

C Jeff Faine (rib muscle) was on the field but limited and Crennel said he is practice-to-practice. Melvin Fowler has been taking Faine's place in the starting rotation.

Other players who did not practice were DB Brodney Pool (concussion), DL Andrew Hoffman (foot) and OL John Dunn (ankle)

Droughns Anxious for Return:
RB Reuben Droughns has suffered no setbacks in his return from a hamstring injury and hopes to play against the Lions on Saturday.

"I'm hoping to get in," he said "It's hard to say until it's tested in full contact. Right now, it feels good."

Crennel has been impressed and said he's still in competition for the starting job.

"He is enthused out on the field," he said. "He's got good vision, has a good lean running. He's definitely still there in the competition."

Droughns thinks there's room for himself, William Green and Lee Suggs.

"I think there's really a balance that can work with all of us," he said. "It's amazing to have this many talented running backs, whether we run the two back package or whatever."


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