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Roster Down to 75, 22 Cuts To Be Made By Saturday

ahenrygame.jpgOT Pete Lougheed, who was signed in the middle of training camp due to injuries to Marc Colombo and Flozell Adams, was cut today.  That leaves twenty-two more players on the chopping board after Thursday’s game with Minnesota.  One of the biggest conerns will be finding a CB who can play while Terence Newman is recovering from his foot injury.  So far, none of the current crop of possibles has distinguished themselves for the job.  Aaron Glenn seems the most likely candidate but he has had an average camp and preseason. 

Martin Grammatica, who is in a fight for his job as well, now says he will be ready for the game Thursday and his hamstring feels much better.  Grammatica has the veteran experience you’d like from your kicker and his only missed FG was from 51 yards out.  He did miss the EP attempt against Houston after he had tweaked his hamstring, but Nick Folk has been perfect.  It will be interesting to see who Phillips decides to go with or if he keeps both.  When asked about the lack of experience by Folk,  Phillips said , “He’s done everything we’ve asked,”. “He’s made almost every field goal in practice and in the games, so he’s been real consistent there. They’ve been pretty close on kickoffs as far as the two guys, so I have to feel comfortable with a guy that really hadn’t done anything to make me feel uncomfortable.

Folk will have his opportunity this Thursday as he will most likely have all of the kicking duties to himself. 

On the brightside of the injury problems, FB Oliver Hoyte and TE Anthony Fasano have returned and will be ready to play on Thursday.  LB Kevin Burnett had successful surgery to remove bone chips from his ankle and should be fine for the opener on Sep. 9th. 

After Saturday’s loss, the defense suddenly came into question, however none of the coaches or players seem overly concerned.  After giving up 142 rushing yards to the Texans, a close examination of the game-tape was made and it was determined that missed tackles was the biggest problem.  “It’s definitely something we’ve got to make sure we do better at,” said S Ken Hamlin, who has proven to be very dependable at the safety position so far and a tremendous leader in the locker room. “If you’re flying to the ball, there’s going to be missed tackles, but if you’re flying to the ball, they’re not going to be seen as obvious as it was, and I think once we cut that down and just cut down the mental errors, we’ll be all right.”

  The defense still feels confident in their ability to shut-down any opposing offense out there.  “We’ve got a lot of confidence in (the defense) as far as it working, because it is proven,” said defensive end Marcus Spears. “You’ve seen other teams do it and do it well, so we just have to put our stamp on it and do things the way we want to do them, but you can be successful in this defense and you can lose in this defense just like any one of them. But we just have to continue to get better and do a good job at what we do.”

On an interesting note regarding the game against Minnesota, Drew Henson just missed getting to play against his old team after Minnesota cut him yesterday and Brad Johnson makes his return to where he started in 23 games over the last two seasons. 


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