Giants tight end admits soreness in foot

Originally Published: August 10, 2004
Associated Press

New York Giants: Pro Bowl tight end Jeremy Shockey felt a little soreness on Thursday after practicing with the Giants for the first time since having foot surgery in June.

Shockey felt the soreness was the result of having too much time between plays on Wednesday.

"The hardest thing was they limited me," Shockey said. "They only told me to go one rep every period, so I got cold. That was more dangerous because I was sitting there the whole time and you can pull a muscle like that."

Shockey, who will not play Friday in the Giants preseason opener against the Kansas City Chiefs, had a screw inserted in his right foot June 22.

He hurt the foot last season and aggravated it during a minicamp.

Shockey has battled injuries in his two seasons in the NFL. He had a toe problem as a rookie and he was bothered by the foot last season, but he did not have surgery. A knee injury ended his season after nine games.

Shockey didn't like being portrayed as injury prone on Thursday.

"I don't care what people think of that," Shockey said. "If I were to get a career-ending injury this season, I'm happy about what I have already done. I don't care. I'll go full speed and whatever happens will happen. God has a path for me."

Shockey set a team record for tight ends with 74 catches as a rookie two years ago. He had 48 catches in nine games last season before a knee injury ended his season.

Miami Dolphins: The Dolphins' starting quarterback job is up for grabs in Saturday's preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Coach Dave Wannstedt said that Jay Fiedler will start the game, but A.J. Feeley will receive an equal amount of playing time. The roles will be reversed in the team's next game against Washington.

The two quarterbacks say that the competition will take care of itself as the preseason plays out.

Fiedler has been Miami's starter for the past four seasons. He currently ranks third on the team's all-time passing list, but his inconsistency and the Dolphins' inability to make the playoffs the past two seasons led to an offseason trade for Feeley.

Both quarterbacks will throw to a receiving corps that is depleted by injuries.

Denver Broncos: Cornerback Jermaine Chatman was signed to replace Reggie Stephens, who walked away from training camp this week.

The 5-foot-11, 182-pound Chatman was cut by the Broncos after training camp in 2003 and spent last season out of football. He had a previous training camp stint with Jacksonville in 2002 and played with the Scottish Claymores of NFL Europe.

Stephens attended meetings Wednesday morning, but left before practice without giving a reason. The league made a roster exception allowing the Broncos to sign Chatman because of Stephens' walkout.

  • One day after making a cameo appearance, Broncos rookie running back Tatum Bell had a greater role in workouts.

    Denver's second-round draft choice out of Oklahoma State, sidelined by a broken middle finger on his right hand, ran pass patterns and carried the ball in his left hand. A day before, he was running on the sidelines.

    "I know I won't be full speed, 100 percent, but I have to go out and play," said Bell, who wears a small, soft cast to protect the finger.

    "We're not expecting him to catch the ball right now," coach Mike Shanahan said. "In fact, we don't even care if he uses the other hand."

    Tennessee Titans: Cornerback Samari Rolle sat out practice with a sore right ankle and could miss the Titans' preseason opener Saturday night against Cleveland.

    Rolle was given a break from practice Wednesday to rest his legs, but he had swelling and discomfort in his ankle Thursday. The Titans X-rayed his ankle and coach Jeff Fisher said the tests were negative.

    "We're going to rest him tomorrow and see how he is for the warmups. If he's feeling good, comfortable, we'll let him play," Fisher said.

    Fisher said Rolle would be able to play if it was a regular season game. Mike Echols will start at right cornerback if the Titans decide to protect Rolle's ankle.

    San Francisco 49ers: Rookie receiver Rashaun Woods, the 49ers' first-round draft pick, was held out of practice again Thursday with a hamstring injury. Woods had missed most of training camp with an injured right hamstring before returning earlier this week.

    "It's tightness in the other hamstring now," Erickson said. "I don't know what the situation is. We're going to keep him out until he's healthy."

    Woods was expected to challenge for a starting position on a team that lost 2003 starting receivers Terrell Owens and Tai Streets during the offseason. But that no longer is in the plans.

    "It's hard for us to have any plans what to do with him in our evaluations," Erickson said. "We have to have him healthy to see where he's at and where we're at."

    Houston Texans: Running back Domanick Davis, slowed by a variety of minor injuries through the first two weeks of training camp, likely won't play in Saturday night's preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys.

    "I'm probably inclined not to play Domanick,'' coach Dom Capers said Thursday. "I don't think this will be any thing that would linger. You just know the demands that are put on guys at that position. It's a physically demanding position and it's a long season. I just think we need to be smart."

    As a rookie last season, Davis grabbed the starting tailback job and ran for 1,031 yards. He is the unquestioned starter heading into this season.

    Backups Tony Hollings, Jonathan Wells and rookie Jason Anderson will divide the snaps in Saturday's game at Reliant Stadium.

    Other starters not expected to play are right tackle Zach Wiegert (left elbow) and nose tackle Seth Payne (knees).

    New Orleans Saints: Linebacker Cie Grant, counted on to earn a starting spot this year, is again having knee problems.

    A third-round draft pick last year, Grant missed practice Thursday and continues to experience pain and swelling in his knees.

    He missed the bulk of last season with an injury to his right knee. The former Ohio State standout, was so concerned about the lingering affects of the injury that he saw a specialist in the offseason to get a second opinion.

    The trouble started again when Grant hyper-extended his left knee a week ago and was sidelined.

    When he's been on the field, Grant has excelled in his bid to win the starting middle linebacker spot. Rookie Courtney Watson has taken advantage of Grant's absence to seize the inside track for the starting spot.

    "I think it is a concern," coach Jim Haslett said. "Only Cie Grant can tell me where he's at. If I think it's lingering too long and goes into next week, then we'll figure out another route to go or something to do with him. I'm not really sure what it is yet."

    Seattle Seahawks: Former Seahawks quarterback Dave Krieg will be inducted into the franchise's Ring of Honor during halftime of Seattle's game against the San Francisco 49ers on Sept. 26, the team announced Thursday.

    "It'll obviously be quite an honor. I want to show my appreciation to the Seahawks organization," Krieg said. "I did a lot of growing up in Seattle."

    Signed as an undrafted free agent out of tiny Milton College in 1980, Krieg split duties at quarterback from 1981-1983 with Jim Zorn. In 1984, Krieg became the full-time starter and led the Seahawks to a 12-4 record and their first AFC West division title.

    Krieg is the franchise's all-time leader in victories as the starting quarterback (70), passing yards (26,132) and touchdown passes (195). He was a three-time Pro Bowl selection while in Seattle.

    The 45-year-old Krieg also made stops in Kansas City, Detroit, Arizona, Chicago and Tennessee.

    Krieg will be the eighth Seahawk inducted to the Ring of Honor, joining wide receiver Steve Largent, Zorn, cornerback Dave Brown, running back Curt Warner, defensive end Jacob Green, safety Kenny Easley and broadcaster Pete Gross.


    Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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