Tuesday, Aug. 16 2005

Injured: LB Louis Ayeni (calf), CB Jerametrius Butler (knee), LB
Brandon Chillar (shoulder), DT Ryan Pickett (groin).

Absent: Unsigned draft pick Richie Incognito (G, 3rd round).

Attendance: Tuesday's practices were closed to the public.

Today's schedule: Practice at 8:30 a.m. (closed to the public).

Bits and pieces: LT Orlando Pace, whose thigh tightened during
practice Monday, took virtually every snap with the first team Tuesday. ...
Jeff Smoker, who has spent most of his time lately watching the other QBs, got
a good dose of reps in the morning practice and earned strong reviews. ...
Reserve RB Dusty McGrorty suited up for the first time since suffering a
sprained knee on July 29, the second day of training camp.

Overheard: "I'm just here taking this all in. They're doing a
great job of trying to prepare me and work me so I can put it all
together. ... We'll see on Sunday."
- Rookie T Alex Barron, on whether he'll be ready for exhibition
game action in San Diego.

"You give them some creativity in their shifts and their moves, and
they're just like robots. They line up in man-to-man coverage and have
different ways on a particular route to beat a guy."
- Coach Mike Martz, on how the development of Shaun
McDonald and Kevin Curtis has bolstered the WR corps.