The injuries keep piling up here in San Antonio. Although Phillips made sure to term T.O.’s sore back not as an injury, but as back spasms. Joining Owens in missing practice:
Quincy Butler was the newest addition to the injury report, having pulled a muscle during practice Saturday and Phillips all but ruling the first-year cornerback out of Thursday's preseason opener against Indianapolis.
Also missing practice again was cornerback Alan Ball, though Phillips said Ball would work with team trainers during practice Monday morning and, if all is well, would return to the team for the 3:30 p.m. (CDT) workout.
Also out were offensive lineman Steve Franklin (calf); wide receivers Jamaica Rector (knee), Terry Glenn (knee) and Isaiah Stanback (shin splints); defensive end Jason Hatcher (hamstring), linebacker Greg Ellis (heel); and running back Alonzo Coleman (ankle).
With Stanback out, and Quincy Butler now out, the punt return duties have fallen to the two veterans from last year – Terence Newman and Patrick Crayton. But Wade says we might have an additional candidate.
Phillips did mention the possibility of using Miles Austin, who strictly returned kickoffs last season.
Yes, I was asking for this during the offseason. I hope to see it tomorrow.
After yesterday’s blow up about players being late, everybody got the message. By the way, crickets must be brain food
"Everyone was on time," rookie fullback Deon Anderson said. "I made it a point to be out here 15 minutes early."
Flozell Adams has only one goal in mind, and luckily it matches up with all of ours.
"That's really the only main goal I've got right now - getting to the Super Bowl," Adams said. "Things like the Pro Bowl is good. But once you've been to one you focus more on another goal you haven't accomplished, and that's winning a Super Bowl. You meet some guys from other teams during the off-season and they flash their rings and you say, 'I want one.' But you just have to realize the things you need to do just to get a ring."
We’re with you, big fella.
"Part of me is always going to be a Bill [Parcells] guy," Canty said. "I love Bill. The things he taught me about working hard, not feeling sorry for yourself, going out there and competing every practice — that's always going to be with me. He tried to push me to get the maximum ability out of my potential.
"But there are different things you can pick up from different coaches. Wade is teaching me a lot about rushing the passer and just being aggressive in the 3-4 defense. And I'm eager to learn. I'm excited about the challenge."
Canty has taken to the new defense like a fish to water. Or is that like a Tuna to water?