"We got a scare," coach Jon Gruden said, "but fortunately
Brooks, the heart and soul of a defense preparing for its first
season in a decade without Warren Sapp and John Lynch, was hurt
when he was blocked by Casey Cramer on a running play and became
entangled with the rookie fullback.
On the next play, defensive end Dwayne White knocked Jamel White
to the ground, giving the reserve running back what Gruden
described as a slight concussion. The coach stopped practice and
addressed the team.
"I think there was a little bit too much emotion being
displayed there and I wanted to point out that we have to get
control of ourselves," Gruden said.
Brooks was the 2002 NFL Defensive Player of the Year when he
helped Tampa Bay win its first Super Bowl. He has led the Bucs in
tackles the past six seasons and have been voted to seven straight
He status for practice is listed as day to day.
"The ankle is 100 percent better," Kearse said. "If it wasn't
well, I wouldn't have been able to practice."
Kearse plans to play in the preseason opener on Friday night
against New England.
The defensive end, who signed an eight-year, $66 million deal
with the Eagles in March, was carted off the field Monday after he
hurt his ankle -- the same one he injured last year in Tennessee,
forcing him to miss two games.
Meanwhile, backup quarterback Koy Detmer underwent arthroscopic
knee surgery. He is expected to miss about two weeks. Veteran Jeff
Blake will be the second-team quarterback for the Eagles on Friday.
Trainer Al Bellamy said Bailey was to undergo surgery Wednesday
in Athens, Ga., to repair damaged cartilage. Dr. Mixon Robinson, a
team physician at the University of Georgia, where Bailey played,
will perform the operation.
Lions president Matt Millen said the procedure likely would not
be very invasive.
A second-round pick in the 2003 draft, Bailey had been held out
of most drills since last week. As a rookie, he started all 16
games and finished with 109 tackles, one sack and one interception.
First, Brock Huard went down last week with back spasms. On
Tuesday, backup Trent Dilfer sat out both practices with tightness
in his back, although team officials said the injury was not
believed to be as serious as Huard's.
That leaves starter Matt Hasselbeck and second-year pro Seneca
Wallace to handle quarterback duties during practice.
Seattle will open the preseason Monday night at Green Bay.
While Dilfer sat, the Seahawks welcomed back center/guard Robbie
Tobeck and offensive tackle Floyd "Pork Chop" Womack. Both
practiced in the afternoon after sitting out since last week with
Rookie safety Michael Boulware also returned to practice after
twisting an ankle in the Seahawks' scrimmage last Saturday in
Defensive end Grant Wistrom (foot) is not expected to practice
until next week at the earliest.
He was a third-round pick in 2002 and rushed for 298 yards and a
4.2-yard average last year. He had 228 yards and a 3.5-yard average
in 2002, his rookie season.
Williams was wearing a protective boot on his right foot
Last week, Williams was fined by coach Mike Mularkey after
skipping practice due to "personal problems." Williams did not
provide details, saying only that the situation had been rectified.
Williams also had missed several voluntary minicamp sessions in
June because of a death in his family. Mularkey then demoted him to
the Bills' second team, saying he wanted to give the tackle more
time to learn the offensive system.
Williams has started working part-time with the Bills'
Coach Jack Del Rio said that if Marler clears waivers the Jags
would re-sign him and place him on injured reserve for the season.
Marler was the regular kicker for the team last season, making
20-of-33 field goals.
The injury leaves Jacksonville with Jeff Chandler and Josh
Scobee competing for the job.
Payne tore the ACL in his right knee in the second game of the
season against New Orleans and missed the rest of the year. He had
a setback late last year and had a second surgery on the knee.
The Texans wanted to bring him along slowly this season in hopes
Payne, who started all 16 games of Houston's inaugural season,
might return to full playing status by the start of the season.
The 6-foot-4, 315-pound Payne led the defensive line with 147
tackles in 2002 when the team was 10th in pass defense and 16th in
total defense. Last year, Houston fell to 31st in pass defense and
New Orleans Saints: The Saints are approaching the
50,000 mark in season ticket sales.
Saints officials expect to surpass that mark this week. It will
be the fourth time since 1980 that the team has exceeded 50,000
season ticket sales.
Season tickets will continue to be sold through the club's
regular season opener vs. Seattle on Sept. 12.
The Saints also announced that the television blackout for the
Aug. 13 preseason opener against the New York Jets at the Superdome
has been lifted.
The Saints preseason TV broadcast team will include Tim Brando
on play-by-play, with Ron Jaworski and former Saints quarterback
Archie Manning doing color commentary.