Wahle came through a 30-minute, one-on-one, full-contract drill with defensive lineman Kenny Peterson unscathed. That dry run, Wahle hopes, will be enough to get him back on the practice field.
"I've been antsy for about six weeks," Wahle said.
Sherman has handled Wahle and fellow injured starting lineman Mike Flanagan with care during training camp. Sherman wants to be absolutely sure those vital cogs to the offense are 100 percent healthy before he throws them into the fire.
Wahle is hopeful he'll play Friday against Jacksonville while Flanagan is targeted to play in the preseason finale against Tennessee.
"My feeling (is) I want to make sure before I take him off the PUP and put him out here in harm's way, so to speak, that he's 100 percent," Sherman said of Flanagan.
QUARTERBACKS IN AND OUT
Quarterbacks Brett Favre and Tim Couch were given Monday off. They did not throw in the morning session and the afternoon practice was for special teams. Couch has looked bad during the preseason — he's 8-of-28 for 82 yards — leading to fears his arm is tired, injured, or both.
"He said (the arm) was fine on Saturday," Sherman said. "But when you don't practice, you have a sore arm."
Staying with quarterbacks, Craig Nall had his busiest day of training camp. He strained his hamstring on the first day of camp and has slowly been worked into the offense. He's expected to play Friday in Jacksonville.
Sherman confirmed that second-year offensive tackle Brennan Curtin is done for the season. After missing most of camp with a contagious staph infection, Curtin tore the anterior-cruciate ligament in his right knee against New Orleans.
Along with that duo, other key players who did not practice Monday were free safety Darren Sharper, with a hip injury he was battling before Saturday's game; strong-side linebacker Hannibal Navies (back); starting strong safety candidate Mark Roman (knee/ankle); wide receivers Antonio Chatman (ankle) and Scottie Vines (Achilles'); fullback Nick Luchey (quadriceps); defensive tackles Larry Smith (quadriceps) and James Lee (illness); and linebackers Torrance Marshall (hamstring) and Steve Josue (knee).
Starting wide receiver Robert Ferguson got a taste of practice after a hamstring strain kept him out of the first two games.
Familiar names on the injured list are offensive linemen Wahle, Flanagan, Scott Wells (biceps) and Atlas Herrion (knee); defensive end Chukie Nwokorie (hamstring); defensive tackle Donnell Washington (arch) and cornerbacks Chris Watson (hamstring) and Chris Johnson (leg).