Coach Ken Whisenhunt talked just now after a morning off. The highlights:
— RB Beanie Wells is sore after his rib injury and will likely be limited this afternoon. As for safety Hamza Abdullah, coach Ken Whisenhunt said such hits “happen in football.”
“I didn’t see anything wrong with what Hamza did yesterday,” Whisenhunt said. “He was in good tackling position, and I don’t blame Hamza, because earlier in practice Beanie had come through and lowered his shoulder and knocked the crap out of a DB. Hamza wasn’t going to let that happen to himself. I’m not saying Hamza went after him. It was a good football play. There was nothing cheap or unnecessary about it.”
Whiz said Beanie was just stepping over a guy and came in a little high. “He could have dropped a shoulder and there would have been a collision but (the injury) wouldn’t have happened,” Whisenhunt said. “It’s part of practice.”
— It’s too early to know if Beanie will play in the preseason opener, Whisenhunt said. And even with rookie RB Alfonso Smith limited with a neck issue, Whiz added that it just gives more reps to LaRod Stephens-Howling and Jason Wright, something both will embrace.
— Whiz said rookie DT Dan Williams is having a tougher time with the altitude than the football right now, but Whisenhunt added he likes the work ethic of Williams to continue to work through any out-of-breath moments. I’ll have more on this later today.
— Whisenhunt called DT Gabe Watson one of the biggest surprises of camp. Given that Watson has a fear he could be cut (he was tendered as a restricted free agent and his salary is not guaranteed), there was plenty of motivation for this camp to be Gabe’s best.
— Linebacker Cody Brown has also “made a big jump,” Whisenhunt said. But Brown also has to show some things in preseason games as well.
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