It's supposedly not a concern, but William Green wasn't anywhere to be seen during Monday's afternoon practice.
Green was sent to the Cleveland Clinic to have a MRI procedure on his ailing right shoulder. Coach Butch Davis was hopeful that Green will get in practice time this week and be ready to play Saturday in the preseason opener against Minnesota.
"He took some handoffs and was running," Davis said. "He wanted to practice, but at this stage of training camp it's better to err on the side of caution."
Green wasn't the only key ingredient missing from the starting lineup. Right guard Tre Johnson missed both sessions with a sprained left knee. The injury isn't considered serious, but with Johnson's history of injury problems any injury is a concern.
NOT A SURPRISE: Jamel White has moved ahead of James Jackson on the depth chart at running back. Offensive coordnator Bruce Arians hinted that a change might be in the offing after the scrimmage last Satruday. Asked why White isn't ahead of Jackson, Arians said, "We haven't had a staff meeting yet."
IN THE GROOVE: Tim Couch and Kevin Johnson looked to be in midseason form during the afternoon. The duo hooked up three times on deep throws. On one completion, Johnson slipped inside of coverage by Corey Fuller and caught the ball with his fingertips as he fell to the ground.
ROOKIE MOVES: Andre Davis is showing signs of improvement. He caught a long sideline pass from Couch, and he hauled in a deep throw from rookie receiver Frisman Jackson on a flea-flicker.
Speaking of making a favorable impression, Jackson has done little to disappoint the coaching staff. He caught several passes Monday, in addition to showing a strong right arm.
"He is clearly having a very good camp," Davis said. "He's catching the ball on a consistent basis, and he's making plays. He's a smart kid, so he isn't going through some of the rookie things where the offense is so overwhelming that you make a lot of mental mistakes."
TAKING NOTICE: Davis singled out several players for their showing against the Bills last weekend. They included defensive end Kenard Lang, defensive tackle Gerard Warren, cornerback Corey Fuller, defensive back Chris Akins, linebacker Andra Davis, linebacker Kevin Bentley, defensive back Michael Jameson and safety Earl Little.
NEW LOOK: Shaun O'Hara, who has been practicing with the first unit at left guard, switched to Johnson's spot on the line. Barry Stokes moved up from the second unit to work at left guard. Richard Mercier took Stokes' place at left guard with the second team. Another change had Joaquin Gonzalez at left tackle in place of Gaylon Hyder. Gonzalez had been with the third team.
NO BIG DEAL: Davis is downplaying the importance of the depth chart at this time. He's constantly moving players in and out of the first unit, especially at the receiver positions. Dennis Northcutt, who has had a decent camp, spent considerable time with the first team on Monday.
KEEP THEM BOTH: Davis said that if both new fullbacks - Chris Floyd and Kevin McLeod - play well that he wouldn't hesitate keeping both on the roster. McLeod was put on the reserve non-football illness list in 2000 by Tampa Bay with what was diagnosed as a centered heart artery.
McLeod refused to talk about the problem.