Training Camp Quick Hitters

<b>Receivers Banged up</b> <br><br> When the Kansas City Chiefs take on the Minnesota Vikings in a series of joint practices on Friday and Saturday, they could without their top three receivers due to injury. Likely out for this weekend's work are: Johnnie Morton (groin), Eddie Kennison (wrist), and Marc Boerigter (shoulder).

Rookie wide receivers Sammie Parker and Richard Smith should see extended playing time in their place. In fact, Smith, who has been one of the biggest surprises of camp thus far, has been running with the first team offense this week.

Buckhalter Practices

Philadelphia Eagles running back Correll Buckhalter (eye) returned to practice on Thursday after missing the last three days of work. He practiced with a shield attached to his helmet.

During Thursday morning's practice, backup wide receiver Greg Lewis (shoulder) and starting offensive guard Jermane Mayberry (hamstring) were injured. Of note sitting out practice were starting safety Brian Dawkins (knee) who will miss at least a week of work and starting defensive tackle Corey Simon (foot).

First-Round Pick Gets Off to a Good Start

The first of the Lions two first-round picks wide receiver Roy Williams hasn't missed a beat since signing a contract a few days after camp started. Williams had a cram session in learning the playbook but once he signed but once he got on the field, his presence was known.

Williams has shown defensive backs how physical he can be and has not only gone deep on passes but he's been going over the middle--not a trait seen in recent years by many Detroit receivers.

So Far So Good For Alstott

Much has been made about starting fullback Mike Alstott's comeback from neck surgery earlier this year. Would he be able to put the pads on and take hits to his surgically repaired neck? The answer is yes. In fact, he has been able to run with similar power to which Buccaneer fans have seen in previous years.

"He's the least of my concerns right now. He's doing a great job, I think, as a leader and a playmaker, running, receiving and blocking. He just needs to keep this two-a-day grind going for awhile and regain his rhythm. He's been inactive for some time, but he made some runs today which were reminiscent of the Mike Alstott we all know," head coach Jon Gruden said after Thursday morning practice.

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