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Positive NFC West injury news? Can it be?

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Four injury updates that, for a change, will not make NFC West fans wince:

  • Beanie Wells, RB, Cardinals. The first-round choice was back at practice Monday after an ankle injury limited him or sidelined him entirely. Wells even looked "explosive and fast" during practice, coach Ken Whisenhunt said.

  • Donnie Avery, WR, Rams. The Rams put their No. 1 receiver through individual drills at practice, an indication Avery is making progress in his recovery from a broken fourth metatarsal in his left foot. The bone has apparently healed enough for Avery to do some running and light cutting. The next step: How will Avery feel Tuesday?

  • Ray McDonald, DE, 49ers. The team activated McDonald from the physically unable to perform list, adding depth to the defensive line.

  • Marcus Trufant, CB, Seahawks. Coach Jim Mora expressed optimism Monday about Trufant's recovery from a back injury. Mora on KJR radio: "He is coming along pretty well. ... His rehab is ramped up this week." Will Trufant be ready for the opener? Mora: "I wouldn't rule it out."

The Rams are also hopeful Leonard Little's sprained knee was not a serious injury, although additional tests will say for sure.