Starting quarterback JaMarcus Russell was seen on the field throwing soft tosses in individual drills, but whenever he pronated his wrist, he felt some pain in his elbow according to Lane Kiffin. Kiffin also stated that Russell wanted to continue, but the team wanted to play it cautious and keep him out of the 11-on-11 drills. The team will assess him tomorrow morning to see how he feels. He spent the rest of the day standing with his teammates with a compression stocking on and an ice wrap located on his right arm. He began practice today already wearing the stocking.
The false start penalties were minimized again today. For the most part, the line is settling down. They will still need to work on a few things before the 49ers roll into town next Monday for a joint practice.
Defensive tackle Gerard Warren strained his thigh during drills today. He received some stretching treatment from the trainer and was able to rejoin his teammates. However, he did not participate in other team activities for the rest of the day.
Linebacker Ricky Brown guarded running back Darren McFadden and ran with him stride for stride. The pass by Marques Tuiasosopo was slightly under thrown and Brown was able to look back and engage on the interception.
Wide receiver Drew Carter made a very good diving catch, but as he went to the ground, the defender rolled over on him. Carter got up slowly rubbing his left shoulder. He was attended to by the trainer momentarily, but seemed to be okay.
Linebacker John Alston pulled down an interception.
Free safety Hiram Eugene climbed the ladder to pick off a Tuiasosopo pass during odd man drills.
DeAngelo Hall made his presence felt by recording another interception, anticipating and jumping the receiver’s route.
Head coach Lane Kiffin has been a lot more vocal during the last couple of days. A very large contrast to the last OTA’s in which he let his coaches do all the yelling and barking. The Kiffin of a year ago is beginning to emerge ever so slightly in terms of on the field intensity.
Derrick Burgess’ initial step on the snap look quicker than in years past. Either that, or our offensive tackles are that much slower.
Kicker Sebastian Janikowski missed a field goal (slightly over 40-yards), but nailed the next attempt from 37 yards out. Both kicks were very high, but the one he made would have been good from at least 55 yards. Plus, he hit a pine tree in the property directly behind the practice field and nailed the tree HARD dead center along the main truck near the top and caused he ball to bounce back over the fence and land back onto the field. Oh well, one less souvenir for any fan behind the fence.
McFadden hasn’t had an encounter from the fumble fairy this training camp, but he did drop an easy pass in the flats. He was trying to run away for the big Y.A.C. (yards after the catch), before he secured the ball.
Rookie Arman Shields didn’t practice today because of a knee injury, but is expected to work out tomorrow.
Lane Kiffin said the he will continue to run plays based on the system and not the skill set of the quarterback.