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Archive for Sunday, August 5, 2001

Training Camp Roundup: Tendinitis sidelines Washington QB

August 5, 2001

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— Tendinitis kept Jeff George's strong arm silent again Saturday morning, wiping out virtually the entire first week of training camp for the Washington starting quarterback.

The injury was originally described as a sore arm that needed two or three days of precautionary rest when it first flared on Tuesday. On his fifth day of doing mostly handoffs and watching, George said he still wasn't concerned and that he would be playing and practicing if this were the regular season.

"It's just something that coach didn't want to linger," George said. "That's good. He looks after the player and doesn't want to turn a 2-3 day problem into a 3-4 week problem. It's a conservative approach."

George said he doesn't know how the injury occurred.

"It wasn't anything specific," he said. "It wasn't a pop or anything like that. I guess these things happen. Sometimes you develop tendinitis, sometimes you don't. And it just so happened that I did."

George said he probably spent more time throwing in the offseason than he had previously in his 12-year career. He worked extensively with coaches during the spring minicamps learning the new offense and getting to know a new group of receivers.

Vikings

Eden Prairie, Minn. The Minnesota Vikings were granted a bit of privacy Saturday for the first time since Korey Stringer's death Wednesday morning.

The Vikings held a mock game Saturday morning at Winter Park their regular-season practice facility that was closed to the media and the public.

A half-dozen security guards blocked the entrance to the field but said no fans or reporters had tried to gain access to the field or to players. Flowers, signs and balloons were scattered in front of the team offices in honor of Stringer, who became the first player in NFL history to die of heatstroke.

"I want to thank all the fans for their outpouring of love and support and for their prayers for the family of Korey Stringer," Vikings owner Red McCombs said in a statement released Saturday. "I'm proud of how the fans have helped us throughout this tragedy.

"I also want to thank the media for getting the information out to the public while at the same time respecting the privacy of the family, players and coaches. I'm proud of how the entire Vikings family has handled this tragedy and honored the memory of Korey Stringer."

The Vikings had been holding open practices at Mankato until a memorial service for Stringer was held Friday afternoon in Edina.

The Vikings will be off today and will resume practice Monday in Mankato.

Buccaneers

Tampa, Fla. Tampa Bay backup quarterback Shaun King strained his right shoulder Saturday.

"He got run into as he was throwing," Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy said. "I don't think it is major."

King is expected to be ready when the Buccaneers return to practice Monday.

Broncos

Greeley, Colo. Terrell Davis, limited to nine games in the past two seasons, sat out most of practice Saturday after feeling a twinge in his right hamstring. The hamstring has not been 100 percent since the Denver Broncos opened training camp July 27.

Bills-Browns scrimmage

Edinboro, Pa. Running back Travis Henry surprised himself with a strong performance in Buffalo's two-hour scrimmage against Cleveland on Saturday.

"It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be," said Henry, the Bills second-round pick in last April's draft, who elevated himself in the battle for the starting tailback's position.

"I thought it was going to be a lot quicker. It was fast, but after a while it slowed down and I started seeing creases," Henry said. "This scrimmage was pretty big. I think the coaches and everybody saw what I can really do, and I think they got a taste.

"It seems I'm made to play in this league," said Henry, who finished with 41 yards on 10 carries.

Titans-Colts scrimmage

Nashville, Tenn. No Steve McNair. No Eddie George. And forget seeing Edgerrin James or Marvin Harrison on Saturday. A total of 51,469 fans showed up at Adelphia Coliseum for a scrimmage between the Indianapolis Colts and the Tennessee Titans. But Colts coach Jim Mora and Titans coach Jeff Fisher chose to rest most of their top stars, giving most of the work to backups and rookies.

Rams

Macomb, Ill. Wide receiver Isaac Bruce left the St. Louis Rams' training camp Saturday morning after learning that a brother died in Bruce's hometown of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Bruce is the 13th of 15 children, and it was not immediately known which of his brothers had died.

Patriots

Boston Terry Glenn will challenge his four game suspension for violating the league's drug policy, saying he never failed a drug test. The suspension, announced Friday, was for for the New England wide receiver's failure to communicate with officials overseeing the NFL's substance abuse program, said James Gould, Glenn's agent.

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