Just a quick update on this dreary and cold Saturday morning.
It sounds like Jamarcus Russell has a bit of tendinitis in his knee and didn't participate in Friday's practice at all. What's this mean????? Walter could get the start on Sunday.
Let's get one thing straight now, though. I'm not glad Russell's dinged up and I don't wish injury upon anyone. I'm glad that Walter is finally at least getting a shot. Russell's not cutting it and Walter deserves at least the chance to show what he can do. That's all I want to see. If Walter fails, so be it. He at least deserves a shot to prove himself.
McFadden's still questionable for this weekend and likely won't see the field. He's still in a walking boot and they tried to fit him for new cleats to ease the pain and allow him to play, but turf toe is painful and tough to shake.
Mario Henderson and Kwame Harris will also be splitting time at left offensive tackle. I'm not fond of offensive lineman splitting time and rotating in and out. I think that ruins the consistency, communication and general group dynamic that the line builds up working with each other practice after practice, game after game. But, the fact remains that Kwame Harris has been a liability at left tackle. He constantly got beat and as a mechanism to put a stop to getting beat, he decided to constantly draw false start penalties. Mario Henderson will be raw, but I hope that he can bring some consistently good play to the position and help protect the quarterback. Harris needs to play well or he could quickly be the next high priced offseason signing out on the waiver wire.
A couple of other quick injury notes.....Gibril Wilson (groin) missed a second practice in three days and is questionable along with tight end Tony Stewart (knee). OLB Ricky Brown (groin) is doubtful, giving Sam Williams his first chance to start in a year.