NFL Player Wire: 8/03/2008

NFL News and Notes: Player updates through 8/3/2008 including PUP list players, injuries and camp news. Also Patriots injury news

Buffalo Bills
WR James Hardy, who has looked very good in early work, suffered a minor hamstring pull while warming up and missed some practice time. He's expected back on Monday.

New England Patriots
CB Ellis Hobbs was activated off of PUP and practiced for the first time Saturday. The transaction left New England with five players on PUP as of Saturday.

WR Wes Welker was activated off of PUP and practiced for the first time Saturday. The transaction left New England with five players on PUP as of Saturday.

LB Bo Ruud was activated off of PUP and practiced for the first time Saturday. The transaction left New England with five players on PUP as of Saturday.

T Anthony Clement was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury Saturday. New England immediately filled the roster spot by signing Barry Stokes, another veteran offensive lineman who has spent time with six teams, most recently Detroit. Stokes has started 44 of his 83 career games played.

DE Richard Seymour has been in and out of practice with an undisclosed injury, but has been dominant at times when he's been on the practice field.

CB Jason Webster missed a week of work with an undisclosed injury.

New York Jets
TE Dustin Keller pulled up after an incomplete pass in the scrimmage and was seen afterward with a wrap on his lower left leg for what appeared to be an ankle injury.

RB Danny Woodhead, who was waived-injured after suffering a season-ending knee injury on the second day of practice, cleared waivers and was placed on injured reserve by the Jets. The rookie free agent, who was the all-time NCAA career-leading rusher at Division II Chadron (Neb.) State with 7,962 yards, had impressed the coaching staff and certainly had a chance to be on the practice squad. The positive for Woodhead is that he will draw a salary and be able to participate in meetings and thus learn the pro game.

TE Chris Baker (back) still hasn't been on the field. He says he's ready, yet hasn't gotten the green light yet.
"I'm ready to go," Baker said on the seventh day of camp. "Once I get back on the field, I'll be fine. I'm not getting behind or anything, the offense is the same."

Baker, who is on the physically-unable-to-perform list because of back and conditioning issues, is seeking more money this season, in which he is scheduled to make $683,500. The Jets don't appear willing to pony up.

"I think we're making progress (with Baker)," coach Eric Mangini said, "but you don't want to rush it."

Baltimore Ravens
WR Mark Clayton has missed a few practices with a sprained shoulder but he said he wants to play in the preseason opener. Yamon Figurs has filled in for Clayton in the starting offense.

OT Adam Terry is expected to miss another week with an ankle injury. He has been replaced at right tackle by Mike Kracalik.

RB Willis McGahee missed a majority of the practices last week with a knee injury. He did not report in great condition, which has concerned team officials. Although McGahee is expected to be ready for the regular season, he could lose some snaps to Ray Rice, a second-round pick.

OT Jared Gaither (ankle) is expected to miss another week.

DT Haloti Ngata (knee sprain) could return next week.

DT Kelly Gregg (leg) is expected to miss another week.

Cleveland Browns
LB Antwan Peek is starting his rehab following arthroscopic knee surgery. He will miss the preseason.

TE Steve Heiden (knee) is day-to-day.

RB Lawrence Vickers (hamstring) is day-to-day.

WR Kevin Kasper (hamstring) is day-to-day.

DE Corey Williams (shoulder) is day-to-day.

S Gary Baxter (knee) is day-to-day.

RG Ryan Tucker (hip) is on PUP.

WR Joe Jurevicius (knee) is on PUP.

New York Giants
WR Plaxico Burress hasn't practiced yet, claiming that his ankle is still sore while also insisting it's the same ankle but not the same injury that kept him out of practice for most of last season. "It isn't about the contract," he said, although he won't deny he is anxious for the team to rip up the existing three years on his current pact so that he can be paid "like one of the best receivers in the league."

WR David Tyree aremains on the PUP list. Tyree underwent knee surgery in March and might spend considerable time as Physically Unable to Perform. As one of the heroes of the Super Bowl (remember the "helmet-catch?") it would be heartless to release him, but a season-long stay on PUP would cushion the fall if he had to be waived later.

WLB Gerris Wilkinson (knee) is still on the PUP list, although he seems ready to be removed.

Washington Redskins
CB Carlos Rogers can't stop smiling these days. The fourth-year cornerback is happy that his reconstructed right knee is feeling good. And he's gleeful at proving the skeptics wrong.

"I was supposed to be on PUP, but I told you I was going to be on the field," said Rogers, who worked in all the individual drills once training camp opened on July 20 before returning to full-time duty nine days later for the first time since tearing his ACL and MCL last Oct. 28 at New England.

Rogers was also quite pleased that he felt good the morning of July 30 after participating in both practices the previous day.
"I expected to have some pain when I woke up this morning because (linebacker) Rocky (McIntosh) on his first day back (after knee surgery), but I had no pain, no swelling," Rogers said. "I feel good."

Coach Jim Zorn was excited that Rogers showed no ill effects after tumbling to the grass while covering a bomb and that he had displayed "very sudden" explosion while closing on a short pass.

"Carlos looked good," said receiver James Thrash. "He was moving well. If you didn't know he had a knee (injury), you wouldn't know by watching him."

Chicago Bears
OT Chris Williams continued to sit out through at least Aug. 2 after injuring his back in his second practice, way back on July 24. He was being counted on to start at left tackle, but if he isn't back soon, that plan might have to be scrapped.

Philadelphia Eagles
DE Chris Clemons, who signed with the Eagles in the offseason after recording eight sacks last year with the Raiders, had to be taken to the hospital last week after suffering from severe dehydration. The hot, humid camp weather combined with a shortage of defensive linemen caused the dehydration. Clemons said he took many more reps than usual and it took its toll. "I remember parts of practice, and I remember sitting there getting water thrown on me," he said. "Once I got to the hospital, I was fine. It was one of those things where I couldn't tell what my body was doing. The thing about it is, your mind is just rambling everywhere. You just feel like you're out of breath." Clemons was released from the hospital later that same day. He returned to practice two days later.

WR DeSean Jackson, who is expected to be the Eagles' punt returner this season, missed a week of the team's June passing camp with a hamstring injury. Then, much to coach Andy Reid's dismay, he tweaked his hamstring again last week and sat out a day of practice. After some "encouragement" from Reid, though, Jackson made a miraculous recovery. "He needs to get healthy and get back out there is what he needs to do," Reid said after Jackson missed practice. Jackson needs to get as many practice reps as he can this summer so that he can increase his comfort level with Reid's West Coast Offense. Jackson had extra motivation to get back on the field. The team's injured players spend practice pushing monster-truck-sized tires around. "It's almost harder than the real practice," Jackson said. "In college (at Cal), when you're hurt, you never did things like that. It was new to me."

DE Victor Abiamiri could be lost for as much as four months after dislocating his right wrist. Abiamiri was projected to be the team's season-opening starting left end.

DE Bryan Smith returned to practice after the rookie third-round pick missed the first week of camp with a hamstring injury.

S Brian Dawkins has missed a week of practice with a hyperextended knee.

CB Asante Samuel has been out since the second day of camp with a hamstring injury. Eagles want to make sure it's completely healed before he returns. He also injured it in June at the team's passing camp.

DT Kimo von Oelhoffen has knee inflammation that has sidelined him for the better part of a week.

Washington Redskins
WR Devin Thomas pulled a hamstring on July 24 and is day-to-day.

WR Malcolm Kelly returned last week after missing a few days with a pulled hamstring.

S Kareem Moore returned last week after missing a week with a swollen knee.

LB Rian Wallace broke his right hand in the scrimmage. He had surgery on July 28 and will be out another week.

RB Ladell Betts is day-to-day with a bruised thigh.

WR Anthony Mix is day-to-day after aggravating a hamstring in the July 26 scrimmage.

FS LaRon Landry slightly pulled a hamstring on July 25 and is day-to-day.

DE Chris Wilson strained a calf muscle on July 24 and is day-to-day.

DE Erasmus James has yet to practice as he recovers from reconstructive knee surgery.

Chicago Bears
WR Mark Bradley, who has missed a couple practices with knee soreness, is in danger of getting lost in the shuffle among a deep but not terribly talented group of receivers.

NT Dusty Dvoracek (calf) remains on the non-football-injury list but could be back this week.

RB Kevin Jones is on the PUP list but has been running on his own for a week.

Detroit Lions
CB Brian Kelly is nursing a minor knee injury, but the main reason he has been excused from practice often is that he is an 11-year veteran of the Tampa Two system and the Lions are taking it easy on him.

Minnesota Vikings
WR Bobby Wade has missed practice time because the Vikings want to be cautious with him. Wade had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee during the offseason.

WR Bernard Berrian missed two practices because of tightness in his groin area but expects to be fine.

DT Kenderick Allen returned after being sidelined for two days because of a leg injury.

DE Ray Edwards (lower back) was activated off the physically-unable-to-perform list on Wednesday. He has been limited to mainly work in individual drills since his return.

DT Pat Williams has begun doing work in 11-on-11 drills after sitting those out for the first few days of camp because of offseason elbow surgery.


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