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Day 17 of Training Camp

Opening statement: “Good morning. We will get started here with the injury update. Montario Hardesty will have a knee scope. His knee’s been nagging him for a little bit. This is unrelated to the hamstring tendon that he had injured, that had kept him out earlier in camp. He is going to have a scope tomorrow on that. We have T.J. Conley has a slight groin strain. We held him out today and we will see how he feels tomorrow. It will be a game-time decision. Jordan Norwood has the same hamstring. We will let you know tomorrow.”

 On Chris Faulk: “He had a scope as well, two days ago on the same knee as the ACL injury.” On whether he knows Montario Hardesty’s timetable: “I don’t. We will have to see after he gets the scope. It’s just to clean it up.”

 On the impact on the RB position with Hardesty out: “We will just have to see when he gets back and then balance that with the other guys and how they are doing and how they’ve done in the next couple weeks.”

 On what he wants to accomplish at Thursday’s game: “I want to see progress. I want to see improvement from the first game in a number of areas. I think, ultimately, we want to have consistency. If you go and look at specifics of execution and detail, I want to continue to improve upon the identity we are creating in how we play. I want to go out and see these guys in different situations that come up and how they compete and react in those situations.”

 On how to deal with Hardesty’s hard luck: “You have to keep coming back and keep fighting. I think that is the theme we have been talking about a lot. It applies everywhere in this game and he’ll make it back.”

On whether Hardesty’s injury was to the same knee he injured as a rookie: “I am not sure about that.” On Dion Lewis and Brandon Jackson getting a lot of reps: “They’ve been playing that way so we will play them the same way. Going back, Dion has had a really good camp and showing things he can do. Brandon Jackson can run the football. It’ll be good to get Trent (Richardson) back again. (Chris) Ogbonnaya has shown his versatility in all areas, whether it is tailback or fullback.”

On whether Dion Lewis can be a No. 2 running back: “We will see. I think he has shown well this camp.”

On whether Leon McFadden will play: “We will wait and see tomorrow, but I would doubt it.” On T.J. Ward’s status: “T.J. has been working all week long. I feel good about him. We will probably hold him for the game. Nothing is wrong. We just want to be smart about it and get ready for the season.”

 On a timeframe for David Nelson getting healthy: “He’s improving. He is getting better. He is doing more and more every day. So hopefully, we can get him out here soon.”

 On how many open roster spots are available: “All of them right now. There’s a lot that happens between now and when the roster comes together. I have been places before where they put the roster together at this time and there are still a couple weeks left. Guys can improve things. Injuries play into it as well, so it’s really a dynamic thing. To put a number on it now is just way too premature.”

 On Ahtyba Rubin: “We saw this right from the get-go in the spring time. Rubin’s got an unbelievable motor and work ethic. I’ve said before, he’s a self-made player. I was here before and saw him as a rookie. He has come miles and miles from where he was at. He’s a great leader and a great guy to show people how to do things through example, and he’s an outstanding teammate.”

On Rubin as a player: “He’s relentless, outstanding against the runs. He’s really improved and worked on his pass rush. The adjustment from nose to defensive end, he has had no issue with that. He’s a guy that just comes here every day to work and get better.”

 On if Chris Owens is going to play Thursday: “Yes he is.”

On how he views the competition with Owens and Buster Skrine: “Good. Both of those guys have really shown a lot. I’ve mentioned before that it is not about winning one position; it’s about showing that you can play and we will find a place for you. I am anxious to see him back out on the field, as well as Buster.”

 

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