After two games missed, running back Ryan Williams should get his first preseason action against the Raiders Friday night, coach Ken Whisenhunt said during the lunchtime update today. Tight end Jeff King officially came off the PUP list with his quad injury, and Whisenhunt said he will be treated conservatively like Beanie Wells has been. King said the more realistic return to game action for him would be in Tennessee a week from Thursday.
– The game is a possibility for Wells as well, but Whiz said he wants to see Wells in a padded practice and how he reacts. Beanie sounded like he felt the same. “I don’t know if it’s this week,” Wells said, but “I went through warmups last week and it felt great to be out there just preparing for a game.”
Wells added, “I definitely need preseason. Maybe one game, maybe two games, but I definitely need it.”
– Whisenhunt reiterated the starters will play a lot Friday. “As of now there’s no reason to save anybody.” Whiz said he told young players there is no guarantee they will play. “I’m not going to be crazy, but I’m not concerned with the number of snaps this week.
– It was important to bring in a new fullback in Reagan Maui’a to be able to run some of the offense. The injured Jared Crank (neck) is still stiff and sore, Whisenhunt said. Wide receiver LaRon Byrd is day-to-day with a sore shoulder, but the hope is that Byrd will be back this week and play Friday.
Tags: Beanie Wells, Jeff King, Reagan Maui'a, Ryan Williams
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