Training Camp Quick Hitters

<b>Saints-Second-year Linebacker Gets off to a Good Start</b> <br><br> Former third-round pick (2003) Cie Grant has taken over #1 position at middle linebacker due to very solid start thus far in training camp. Rookie middle linebacker Courtney Watson has been limited by a quad injury and is falling behind.

Veteran middle linebacker Orlando Ruff was told before camp started that the two young linebackers would be given the first chance at the starting job.

Grant has done a solid job in pursuit of ball carriers and has shown in improvement in his pass coverage skills.

Eagles-Simoneau's Job Secure

Eagle fans everywhere seemed to believe that when the club re-signed middle linebacker Jeremiah Trotter, that meant starting middle linebacker Mark Simoneau's job was in jeopardy. That's actually not the case at all. Simoneau, according to a team source, has a secure hold on his job. The club was looking for depth at the position because Simoneau wore down last season. With Trotter in the fold, they'll be able to give Simoneau a rest if he needs it. They could also move Simoneau over to weak-side linebacker to give starter Nate Wayne a breather if needed with Trotter on the field.

Elsewhere, starting defensive tackle Corey Simon returned to practice after missing Monday's workout due to personal reasons. Running back Correll Buckhalter (eye) missed his second straight day of practice and is day-to-day.

Titans-Starting Linebacker's Season Ends

Starting outside linebacker Peter Sirmon suffered a sprained knee during Monday's practice. An MRI taken on the knee showed a torn ACL and that will effectively end his season. Versatile backup linebacker Rocky Boiman takes over for Sirmon in the starting lineup. Sirmon is a big loss for the club because not only is he a starter, he's excellent in pass coverage.

Bears-Hamstring Injuries Mount

The Bears are having trouble putting together a formidable practice lineup due to injury.

Missing time this week are:


Backup running back Anthony Thomas (abdominal strain). He's been in a lot of pain and can't practice. These type of injuries some times are later diagnosed as a hernia.

Backup running back Adrian Peterson (hamstring). Day-to-day.

Starting wide receiver Marty Booker (hamstring). Day-to-day.

Backup wide receiver Justin Gage (hamstring). Day-to-day.

Starting tight-end Desmond Clark (hamstring-out at least two weeks). Backup tight-end Robert Johnson (leg) and John Gilmore (hamstring-week-to-week).

Offensive guard Mike Gandy (groin). Day-to-Day.


Starting defensive end Alex Brown (groin). Day-to-day.

Starting middle linebacker Brian Urlacher (hamstring-out 4-6 weeks).

Starting cornerback Jerry Azumah (shoulder). He got a favorable exam on Monday and could practice the rest of the week.

These type of injuries are symptomatic of the high temperatures of training camp. Muscles tighten and it's hard to keep loose.

Falcons-Vick Sits

Starting quarterback Michael Vick (blister) missed the morning session on Tuesday, but suited up for the afternoon session. However, the injury is considered very minor and he's day-to-day. Rookie quarterback Matt Schaub has seen time with the starting unit in Vick's absence. The club wants to get a good look at the young signal caller because he's competing for the #2 job against veteran Ty Detmer.

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