NFL Gamecock Roundup: Jeffery, Culliver back at practice

 

-Just as things were reaching a boiling point with frustration over Alshon Jeffery's injury, he quietly returned to practice on Wednesday. It should be noted though that he was indeed still limited, and the final injury report doesn't come out until later today.

If I had to put money on it, I'd bet that Jeffery would be indicated as a game-time decision, with the Bears likely leaning towards playing him, just out of necessity.

Jeffery hasn't played in a single game since the opener against Green Bay, and if he just returned to practice this week, in a limited capacity no less, forcing him to play wouldn't result in the best playmaking.

-Fellow injured Gamecock Chris Culliver is easing his way back onto the practice field as well, after not practicing all of last week with a knee injury that also forced him to sit out against Julio Jones and the Atlanta Falcons.

“It was definitely difficult,” Culliver said. “Like I said, just being out there with the boys, my fellas, and going out there competing. It’s tough just watching, but all I can do is help them out in any way I can. If I see something I let them know, like if I see a signal or anything like that. So I was there with them and trying to help anyway as possible, just trying to do what I do.”

After having an MRI last week, it appears Culliver has no structural damage in the knee itself, but the Redskins are taking it easy on the susceptible Culliver.

“He had surgery on that knee before and he’s just got some cartilage issues,” head coach Jay Gruden told Redskins.com. “It’s just a little sore which is making his quad a little bit weaker and everything like that. His leg, in general, hasn’t felt right in a little bit of time. We think it’s important for him to really rehab it, try to get the strength back so he feels good when he goes out there.”

-Patrick DiMarco had a fine game against the New Orleans Saints last night, catching two passes for 18 yards, including one that was capped off with a nice smack to safety trying to bring him down. The two catches doubles DiMarco's season output thus far. Like many players, Patty also gave a shout-out to the HBC on his way out.

-While the St. Louis Rams have a bye week, tight end Lance Kendricks had surgery for a torn ligament in his finger. While Kendricks will have time to recover prior to next week's game against the Cleveland Browns, the Rams decided to call up Justice Cunningham from the practice squad. While Cunningham won't likely get many looks, if he even gets to hit the field at all, it's great to see the team utilizing him as opposed to just signing a guy off the street.

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Player Team Pos. #
Antonio Allen+ New York Jets S 48
Rory Anderson+ San Francisco 49ers TE 48
Jasper Brinkley New York Giants LB 54
Damiere Byrd* Carolina Panthers WR 70
A.J. Cann Jacksonville Jaguars G 60
Jadeveon Clowney Houston Texans OLB 90
Jared Cook St. Louis Rams TE 89
Chris Culliver Washington Redskins S 29
Justice Cunningham St. Louis Rams TE/FB 4
Mike Davis San Francisco 49ers RB 20
Patrick DiMarco Atlanta Falcons FB 42
Bruce Ellington San Francisco 49ers WR 10
Clifton Geathers+ Pittsburgh Steelers DE 98
Stephon Gilmore Buffalo Bills CB 24
Melvin Ingram San Diego Chargers OLB 54
Alshon Jeffery Chicago Bears WR 17
T.J. Johnson Cincinnati Bengals C 60
Johnathan Joseph Houston Texans CB 24
Jamon Meredith Tennessee Titans OT 79
Captain Munnerlyn Minnesota Vikings CB 24
Ronald Patrick Cleveland Browns OL 70
Corey Robinson Detroit Lions OT 70
Connor Shaw+ Cleveland Browns QB 9
Darian Stewart Denver Broncos S 26
Ryan Succop Tennessee Titans K 4
D.J. Swearinger Tampa Bay Buccaneers S 36
Devin Taylor Detroit Lions DE 98
Dylan Thompson* San Francisco 49ers QB 13