- Chicago WR/KR Devin Hester didn’t practice on Wednesday, and didn’t speak to the media regarding his rib injury either. Hester had an MRI exam on Tuesday and his status vs. Tampa Bay remains in question. Coach Lovie Smith wouldn’t divuldge whether Hester would practice this week or play on Sunday, or comment on the test results.
“I definitely don’t go over anything like that,” Smith said.
– Seattle coach Mike Holmgren said Wednesday that WR Koren Robinson will play against St. Louis on Sunday, likely both on offense and as a kick returner. Holmgren said WR Keary Colbert, acquired in a trade on Tuesday, would see plenty of playing time as well. OT Walter Jones (hip, back) will miss practices this week but will play Sunday.
– The Jaguars re-signed veteran G Chris Naeole on Wednesday to help offset injuries along the offensive line. Naeole, who tore his quadriceps tendon off the bone last November and was released four months later, will not play on Sunday. The Jaguars played without three starters along the line last week.
– Packers coach Mike McCarthy said SS Atari Bigby (hamstring) is unlikely to play against Dallas on Sunday night. Second-year pro Aaron Rouse is expected to get the start. CB Charles Woodson, who had two interceptions while playing on a broken toe last week, sat out practice on Wednesday.
“He’s sore,” said McCarthy. “He’s just treating it as much as he possibly can, spending all that extra time in the training room. Just to report what the doctors (said), he came out of the game OK. That’s the report.”
– It looks encouraging for the Eagles that starting WR Reggie Brown could see his first action of the season on Sunday vs. the Steelers. Brown, who has been out with a hamstring injury since the second week of the preseason, was full-speed at practice on Wednesday.
“We’ll take it slow with him and see how he does,” said coach Andy Reid. “We gave him a little bit last week. We’ll increase it more this week and we’ll see how he does, [see] if he’s ready to play in the game.”
The Eagles could be without Pro Bowl RG Shawn Andrews (back spasms), who is questionable this week after he was injured in the second half against the Cowboys. Andrews and RB Tony Hunt (hamstring) did not practice on Wednesday. Philadelphiaeagles.com has more on the injuries.
– The Buccaneers activated TE Jerramy Stevens on Wednesday following his two-game NFL suspension. Stevens, who was also fined an additional game check, was suspended for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. TE Ben Troupe was cut to make room on the active roster.
“He’s a good player. He helped us out a lot last year late in the season,” said coach Jon Gruden. “I’m just happy for Jerramy, though. Everything’s behind him now and he’s done exactly what we’ve asked him to do. Off the field, he’s obviously been through some tough times. But all this is behind him now. He’s got a chance to be a great man, a great Buccaneer and a real contributor for us, and we’re excited to have him back.”
– Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew, who injured his right ankle on Sunday and did not return, did not practice on Wednesday.
– Panthers LG Travelle Wharton revealed Wednesday he has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee, making it possible he’ll miss his second straight game Sunday at Minnesota. Wharton, who hasn’t practiced since being injured in the season opener, would likely be replaced by Geoff Hangartner.