Well, either Santana Moss put on four inches and fifty pounds (and got a whole lot paler) or it was a Halloween kind of day out at practice today.
- The big news from practice, amusing jersey switching aside, was that only two guys from the incomprehensibly long injury list really didn’t practice. (Well, five if you include Jason Taylor, Ladell Betts, and Malcolm Kelly, but they’ve all been pretty much ruled out from this week, so no surprise there.) Anyhow: Santana Moss wore the Chris Cooley jersey to sit on the sidelines, although like yesterday he was continually looking for someone to do stationary work with. “I’m always optimistic,” Coach Zorn said, “but we’ll have to just wait and see.” And Shawn Springs was also sidelined, although — as always — he was acting almost as a player/coach to the other cornerbacks as well.
- But that means that Clinton Portis, LaRon Landry, Chris Horton, and Carlos Rogers all practiced at least to some extent, and that was good to see. Horton in particular looked pretty much healthy, ball-hawking as always, and nearly colliding with London Fletcher as the two went for the same interception. (Fletcher came down with it.)
- Here’s how it broke down: Chris Samuels wore Fabini’s jersey. Randy Thomas and Jon Jansen swapped, as did Casey Rabach and Pete Kendall. And it looks like Fabini was actually wearing Samuels’s 60, making that a swap as well. It’s much less complicated phrased that way than it appears to be in my notes.
- In addition to the interception mentioned above, London Fletcher accidentally hit Horace Gant a bit harder than he intended after a catch across the middle, and it really pointed up just how much the defense has to hold back in practice, which sometimes makes it difficult to tell exactly how fired up they are. Not a problem in the game, obviously, but there were a lot of shouts of “No collisions!” from the sidelines today.
- After an earlier practice, someone asked me which of the practice squad receivers I thought was likely to get the nod if Malcolm Kelly was put on injured reserve. At the time, I said Devin Aromashodu, although not for any particular reason. But I should also mention that Horace Gant has looked surprisingly good, and light-years ahead of where he was during training camp. I’m not going back on my earlier answer, but Gant has looked strong and I’ve completely neglected to mention it.
- Mike Green played well in Detroit in relief of Chris Horton, and he continues to look like a surprisingly good midseason acquisition, with good awareness and ability — exemplified today by his moving into position to intercept a long sideline pass.
- The defense looked strong in the two minute drill, with Andre Carter getting his hands up and knocking a pass down. In general, it was another lively practice in a week that’s had plenty of them, which is good see.