The Jaguars tight end sustained permanent joint damage when he ruptured a tendon in the finger last preseason. He missed the first five games of the regular season, played the rest of the year with a variety of cumbersome braces and finished with a career-low 14 catches for 103 yards.
Now, even though his finger will never return to normal, he's hoping his career will.
"I would think he's going to be out at least two preseason
games," coach Dennis Green said Friday. "We're just happy that
it's not real serious -- there's a lot of pain, obviously. And he
should be as good as new."
Boldin, who also burst a blood vessel in his nose, was at camp
Friday in street clothes and had an adhesive bandage on his nose.
He said doctors realigned his nose.
A doctor will re-evaluate Boldin next Wednesday.
Boldin might be fitted with a special facemask to protect his
nose when he returns, but there's no official word from the
Cardinals on what will be done.
Defensive tackle signed: Defensive tackle Keith Wright signed a
Wright divided last season between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and
Indianapolis Colts. He spent five weeks on the Colts' roster, but
didn't play in any games and was released in October.
The Buccaneers made him part of their roster for last season's
final three games, none of which Wright played in. He was released
from Tampa Bay late last month.
Wright was picked by the Houston Texans in the 2003 draft.
Houston released him in August 2003, and he sat out the entire 2003
Tennessee Titans: Negotiations between the
Titans and their top draft pick stalled Friday, and general manager
Floyd Reese said he isn't sure when a deal for cornerback Adam
"Pacman" Jones will be reached.
Reese had been optimistic Thursday after receiving a counter
proposal from agent Michael Huyghue and thought both sides were
close enough that they could conclude a contract quickly.
But he said Friday night that the talks had stalled.
Reese and Huyghue talked for two hours, and Reese said the agent
was going to send him another proposal that he hadn't received
before leaving for a night practice at the team's stadium.
Huyghue has declined to discuss specific details of the
The general manager said Jones' agent wants to address the
language of the contract first. The Titans have said they want to
include clauses to protect themselves. Jones, the sixth pick
overall in the draft, has a court date on Aug. 11 on vandalism and
two misdemeanor assault charges.
Such language usually is written after the length of the deal
and the money involved is settled. Reese said he'll do anything to
help negotiations, but the Titans must write those clauses first.
Jones now has missed the first eight days of camp, including 13
total practices. The Titans want to see him compete for their open
cornerback slot opposite Andre Woolfolk. Reese said the cornerback
has no idea of the challenges to catch up once he does report.
San Francisco 49ers: Receiver P.J. Fleck was taken to
Stanford Hospital on Friday after a practice collision that sent a
scare through the 49ers' training camp.
The second-year veteran was hit by linebacker Jamie Winborn
during 7-on-7 passing drills and was on the ground about 15 minutes
while trainers and paramedics attended to him.
Fleck was taped onto a backboard and placed on a gurney and
wheeled to an ambulance. He was diagnosed with a back sprain and
released after two hours of observation and tests. He was able to
walk out of the hospital Friday afternoon.
"P.J.'s fine," 49ers coach Mike Nolan said. "Everything's
working out for him. They just wanted to take precautions and make
sure it was all OK."
Fleck was watching practice by the end of the day.
"It looked worse than it was, and thank God it wasn't as bad as
everybody thought at first," he said. "I pretty much froze up.
About 35 seconds later, I could breathe and I could move. It was
scary -- and a little bit embarrassing."
Nolan said Fleck won't participate in the team's scrimmage
Saturday, but he will return to practice Monday morning.
Porter was hurt during a team scrimmage Monday. The sixth-year
receiver limped off the field and an exam revealed the damage.
Coach Norv Turner and Porter initially downplayed the severity
of the injury, but the coach updated the prognosis Friday and said
Porter might return to practice late next week but would not play
"I certainly would not expect him to play in the 49er game,"
Turner said. "We're not going to take any chances rushing him into
a preseason game. He was going awfully good the four or five days
he practiced and had an outstanding offseason. We can get Jerry
Pennington, held out Wednesday by coach Herman Edwards after
practicing for five straight days, threw some sharp passes in the
team's session Thursday night.
He was 9-of-17 during the practice, including 6-of-11 in
11-on-11 drills. More important, Pennington showed some zip on a
few passes -- something that had been generally lacking the first
few days of camp.
Edwards said he planned to have Pennington participate in the
Jets' workout with the Giants in Albany, N.Y., on Saturday.
Pennington acknowledged that his arm felt a lot better after
resting, and Edwards said alternating days off might be best for
the star quarterback as he continues to recover from a torn rotator
Pennington hurt the shoulder Nov. 7 against Buffalo, and played
the final seven games of last season with the injury. He had
surgery Feb. 8 and missed mini-camps and offseason training
activities while rehabbing.
"Usually when something bad happens, it requires surgery. With this it's just rehab and rest," Fox said.
The 31-year-old Minter was injured when 300-pound teammate Brentson Buckner landed on his leg Thursday during full-contact goal-line drills. Minter probably will undergo an MRI on Saturday as a precaution.
Minter said it's highly unlikely he'll play in Carolina's preseason opener Aug. 13 against Washington. But he should be ready when the Panthers open the regular season Sept. 11 against New Orleans.
Buffalo Bills --
Green Bay Packers: The sellout crowd at the scrimmage
between the Packers and Bills had to wait until
after the game to see any fireworks Friday night.
About halfway through the 2-hour, 20-minute scrimmage, Brett
Favre finally got the crowd of 62,492 pumped up by throwing three
short touchdown passes in the span of four plays inside the Bills'
The only other score while the first-teamers were on the field
came on a 12-yard jaunt by Bills running back Willis McGahee, who
was stymied much of the night before bursting free into the end
zone. He ran 12 times for 32 yards.
Favre hit tight end Ben Steele twice and wide receiver/kick
returner Antonio Chatman for the TDs.
Before that, Chatman had been having a bad night, slipping on a
ball thrown his way, never looking back on a quick slant that was
intended for him and also dropping a 14-yard pass for a first down
from rookie Aaron Rodgers, who was then pressured on three of his
next four snaps.
The Packers had trouble with their blitz
pickups and were sacked eight times in all while only garnering one
sack of Bills starter J.P. Losman, who looked poised in his debut
in a competitive setting as an NFL starter.
Losman completed 6-of-11 passes for 69 yards with no touchdowns
or interceptions. He completed two long third downs that impressed
his coach, Mike Mularkey.
The Packers lost backup running back Najeh Davenport to a right
ankle injury, the extent of which wasn't immediately known.
It was the biggest crowd ever for the Packers' annual Family
Night scrimmage, and the first one in which they hosted another
team. The Bills came to Green Bay for two joint practices and the
scrimmage after their usual practice partner, the Cleveland Browns,
backed out this year.