Going into Wednesday’s practice, Jay Cutler was unsure how his bruised left fibula would fare during the two-hour session. Afterwards, his head coach was confident that the second-year quarterback would be available for Sunday’s game.
“He did well. He practiced most of the practice,” Head Coach Mike Shanahan said. “Unless there’s a setback, he should be ready to go.
“I’m not sure how much it hurt,” Shanahan added, “but he was productive out there. He took his normal (repetitions) — maybe a few less (than usual).”
While Cutler saw action throughout the practice, safety John Lynch was limited as he continues to recover from the pinched nerve he suffered nine days earlier against the Green Bay Packers. Running back Travis Henry did not take part in any of Wednesday’s work; he’s recovering from a slight knee injury he suffered in Sunday’s loss to Detroit. Defensive end John Engelberger also sat out with a shoulder injury.
Wide receiver Javon Walker remained out as he recovers from Oct. 19 knee surgery, while defensive tackle Sam Adams was held out of the Wednesday practice, as is custom. Shanahan said Walker would “maybe” begin running by the end of the week.
“If he does then maybe he’ll have a chance to play against Tennessee on Monday night (Nov. 19),” Shanahan said. “We won’t know that until later on in the week. We’ll wait and see when he runs and gets into football shape. It’s been a while since he has actually run and worked out, so we’ll have to see where he is at toward the end of the week.”
Five other players were listed on the injury report but made it through the full practice Wednesday — fullback Cecil Sapp (calf), linebacker D.J. Williams (finger), cornerback Karl Paymah (knee), defensive end Elvis Dumervil (knee) and wide receiver Glenn Martinez (ribs).
Meanwhile, in Kansas City, Chiefs head coach Herman Edwards
ruled Larry Johnson out for Sunday’s game.
“He’s not playing this week,” Edwards said.
Johnson did not participate in Wednesday’s practice, and Edwards said that the Pro Bowl running back’s foot remains swollen, and thus, any reports issued regarding a season-ending broken bone in the foot are premature.
“His foot is still swollen and (the doctors) are still trying to look at to determine exactly where he’s at,” Edwards said.