Monday roundup: Packers’ Harris improving

Packers coach Mike McCarthy said there has been “significant improvement” with CB Al Harris’ spleen injury, and that he could realistically return after Green Bay’s bye week.

“Obviously we are moving in the right direction,” said McCarthy. “So we’ll see what the other doctors’ opinions (are). That’s just one doctor’s opinion. We’ll send his results out and get back more information.”

McCarthy said the only new injury from Week 6 was DT Ryan Pickett (triceps strain), who will be listed as questionable. Here’s a transcript of McCarthy’s Monday press conference.

  • The Redskins sustained a number of injuries on Sunday, the most serious of which may be to RB Ladell Betts. Coach Jim Zorn said Monday that the team is still awaiting test results on Betts’ sprained left knee, which he described as “mild.” NFL Network’s Adam Schefter reports the Redskins will have former NFL MVP Shaun Alexander in for a visit and physical on Tuesday.
  • Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt said Monday that DE Travis LaBoy, who left Sunday’s game with a groin injury, will undergo an MRI exam. Arizona’s official site has more on the team’s injuries heading into its bye week.
  • The St. Louis Rams re-signed CB Fakhir Brown on Monday and placed CB Ricky Manning Jr. on the injured reserve list. Manning broke a bone in his right ankle and will have surgery, coach Jim Haslett said on Sunday. The Rams’ official site has more on the odd release of Brown on Sept. 24 and his subsequent signing on Monday. Haslett also announced RB Brian Leonard (shoulder) will be placed on IR and that WR Drew Bennett will be out another one or two weeks.
  • 49ers coach Mike Nolan said Monday that FB Zak Keasey will be placed on injured reserve with an arm injury.
  • The Vikings signed LB Dontarrious Thomas on Monday to help ease the team’s injury problems at linebacker. Coach Brad Childress said Thomas, who spent his first four NFL seasons with the Vikings and is familiar with their system, should be able to play against the Bears this week. David Herron, who replaced injured starter E.J. Henderson at middle linebacker vs. Detroit, is battling injuries.
  • Monday marked the first day that Bucs RB Cadillac Williams, who suffered a major knee injury last Sept., was eligible to be activated from the PUP list. The Bucs have a three-week window before deciding to allow Williams to practice, and then another three weeks from the point he begins practicing to activate him to the 53-man roster. Coach Jon Gruden said Monday Williams wouldn’t be activated this week.
    “He’s getting better and better and better,” said Gruden. “We’re going to continue to work with him privately without activating him onto the 53-man roster immediately. But we really like what we’ve seen. It’s been over a year now since he’s had the injury. All of his hard work is going to pay off but it won’t be this week that he’s activated, but it could be coming soon.”
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