Washington coach Mike Shanahan would not discount the idea of his team pursuing San Diego holdout Pro Bowl receiver Vincent Jackson. Shanahan didn’t say he'd go after Jackson, but he didn’t deny it, either. The Redskins did consider Jackson earlier in the summer.
Jackson could return for the fifth game to a new team if it acquires him between Friday and Wednesday. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that it will take a lot of money and a “premium” draft pick to make Jackson trade possible. It makes sense. That’s been the case all along.
San Diego linebacker Stephen Cooper did not practice for the second straight day because of a knee injury. Linebacker Shawne Merriman, who didn’t play last week, continued to be limited with an Achilles problem. Merriman tweeted Thursday that he expects to play against Jacksonville.
Oakland running back Michael Bush was limited Thursday after practicing fully Wednesday. That could be a strong sign he won’t be ready to play Sunday against S. Louis. Bush broke his left thumb Aug. 28.
Kansas City defensive end Tyson Jackson missed his second straight practice with a knee injury and he likely won’t play Sunday at Cleveland. Fellow defensive end Wallace Gilberry didn’t practice Thursday, either. He has a back issue.
A former teammate of Laurence Maroney said he was not happy that New England traded him to Denver this week. However, Maroney is said to be excited about reuniting with former New England offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels in Denver. Maroney didn’t practice Thursday with a thigh injury that kept him out of the Patriots’ season opener.
Starting offensive lineman Chris Kuper (ankle/knee) and Ryan Harris (ankle) did not practice for the second straight day. Denver coach Josh McDaniels said both players have a chance to play. If not, the Broncos could be in trouble. The offensive line is already stretched thin. Defensive tackle Jamal Williams did not practice, but it was non–injury related.