bubba9497 Posted June 19, 2005 Share Posted June 19, 2005 Inside Dish: Rehab updates http://www.sportingnews.com/nfl/ Ravens tight end Todd Heap has been slowly recovering from offseason knee and shoulder surgeries. He likely won't be 100 percent until late in the preseason schedule, but Heap is exercising, running well and starting to execute patterns. He has attended passing camps and meetings to try to keep pace with the system being implemented by new coordinator Jim Fassel. ... Redskins outside linebacker LaVar Arrington is making progress in his recovery from knee surgery and should participate in drills when training camp begins. Arrington shouldn't be limited; he once again will be expected to provide a consistent pass rush. ... Giants weakside linebacker Barrett Green sat out a recent minicamp but hopes to be ready for training camp, though he might be limited at the outset. Green's game relies on speed, so his style of play will be severely hampered if he is a step slow as he continues to recover. If Green isn't ready, Nick Greisen figures to step in. he has had his moments but couldn't keep the middle linebacker job last season when given a chance. ... Broncos defensive ends Trevor Pryce and Courtney Brown are recovering from major surgeries. Pryce was unable to push off and drive blockers into the backfield last season, but he is fully recovered and predicting big things this season. Brown is progressing more slowly, though it's expected he'll be close to 100 percent by training camp. Injuries have kept him from fulfilling his potential. But if Brown stays on the field, he'll team with Pryce to give the Broncos an impressive set of bookends on their line. ... Panthers running back Stephen Davis is expected to start cutting and practicing again during training camp, but those developments might occur closer to the end of camp than the beginning. Davis, who is recovering from microfracture knee surgery, might need to start with minimal playing time and build up as the season goes on. ... Raiders wide receiver Ronald Curry is almost fully recovered from a torn Achilles' tendon. After Curry's strong showing last year, the team hopes he can catch 50 to 60 passes as a complement to Randy Moss and Jerry Porter. ... Seahawks left guard Steve Hutchinson and cornerback Marcus Trufant are ahead of schedule in their recoveries from shoulder surgeries. Hutchinson remains a key element of the offense because of his powerful run blocking and improved pass protection. Trufant possesses the coverage skills and athleticism to develop into a shutdown corner if he improves his consistency. ... Bengals wide receiver Peter Warrick (shin fracture) and running back Chris Perry (sports hernia) likely will be 100 percent for the start of training camp. Warrick is expected to be the No. 3 receiver operating from the slot. Perry, who must lose 10 pounds to regain his speed, could be a valuable change-of-pace back to Rudi Johnson. ... Packers nose tackle Grady Jackson's balky knees always are a concern, and he still hasn't practiced after minor offseason surgery. The club doesn't appear too concerned, but Jackson's presence is crucial. The Packers don't have anyone else who can anchor the middle like Jackson. ... Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney (torn labrum) might not be ready for on-field work when training camp starts. Once he's cleared, Freeney likely will be limited to one practice per day until the team is confident he's 100 percent. The Colts can't afford a setback with Freeney, who's one of the premier pass rushers in the NFL. ... 49ers outside linebacker Julian Peterson, who is recovering from Achilles' tendon surgery, should be 90 to 100 percent when the season begins. He expects to be held out of team drills the first two weeks of training camp, but he has been around during the offseason to learn the new scheme. ... Patriots tight end Ben Watson, whose rookie season ended after a knee injury last September, looked quick and made firm cuts at a recent minicamp. It's clear that the former first-round pick cleared a hurdle with that performance, though coach Bill Belichick says training camp will provide the true test for Watson. If he sustains his progress, Watson and Daniel Graham could be a devastating tight end combination. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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