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Testaverde ready to go against San Francisco

CHARLOTTE — Carolina Panthers quarterback Vinny Testaverde made it through the entire week of practice and appears ready to start Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers.

But you can’t blame coach John Fox if he’s a little paranoid when it comes to talking about it.

When asked Friday if Testaverde seems to have improved, Fox chuckled and said: “Out of respect for our (quarterback) situation, I will wait and see. This is not being coy. This time last week I said Vinny looked good. And then there was Saturday.”

That’s when Testaverde, after a week of working with the first team in practice, woke up with a stiff back. Although trainers and chiropractors worked to alleviate the problem, they couldn’t get Testaverde ready for Sunday’s important game against New Orleans. The Panthers were forced to go with David Carr and struggled again on offense, losing 31-6 at home.

Just in case the Panthers have a similar setback this week, Fox has listed Testaverde as probable for Sunday in what may represent Carolina’s best chance to snap a winless streak at home that is going on 13 months.

Testaverde, however, didn’t show any signs of a relapse on Friday.
“Our hopes are high,” Fox said with a cautious laugh.
Testaverde believes the spasms and muscle pull in his lower back last week were related to the boot he’s been wearing to protect his strained right Achilles.

“All of that walking in a boot kept me from putting any pressure on that foot, and I was compensating,” Testaverde said. “It kind of throws your back out of whack after a while of walking like that for a couple of weeks. I think it led to the back problems … back spasms and a pulled muscle in my back. It happens. So I’ve just continued to get treatment and do the things I’ve been doing all along and tried to walk as normal as possible.”

He said the Achilles continues to be a nagging problem, but it hasn’t flared up.
He’s tried to pace himself this week so as not to have any more problems, but the reality is the Panthers will be holding their breath until Sunday morning.
Those are the breaks when you are counting on a 44-year-old quarterback.

“I go into practice and try to take the reps I feel I need,” Testaverde said. “I try not to overdo it and stay as close to 100 percent as possible for the games. There’s a fine line there. You don’t want to do too little and not get your work done, and you don’t want to do too much and hurt yourself. I think that’s good for Matt now, because he can go in there and get some reps where normally a backup guy wouldn’t get that many.”
As a team, the Panthers come into this week’s game fairly healthy.

They will get starting cornerback Chris Gamble back and the only player who may miss the game is No. 4 receiver Dwayne Jarrett, who is doubtful with a knee injury.

gastongazette.com

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Raiders:  Russell looking at game action?

JaMarcus Russell is expected to be the No. 2 quarterback this week and will likely see some game action, according to the Oakland Tribune. Josh McCown is the probable starter, as Daunte Culpepper is dealing with a sore quad.

Vikings:  Concussion should sideline Williamson

Troy Williamson was held out of practice Friday for the second straight day. He is not expected to play Sunday, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Redskins:  Randle El iffy due to hammy

Antwaan Randle El was able to take part in his third straight practice on Friday. However, he remained limited by his nagging hamstring injury and could miss Sunday's game, according to the Washington Post

Cardinals:  Fitzgerald may be a game-time call

Larry Fitzgerald has done only a little in practice this week and is listed as questionable due to his sore groin, according to the Arizona Republic.

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National Football League Weather
Sunday, December 2nd

Buffalo Bills at Washington Redskins, 1:00 p.m.
Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy with a 30-percent chance of rain. Winds blowing from the Southeast at 5-10 m.p.h. Game-time temperature: Around 50.

Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans, 1:00 p.m.
Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy with a 40-percent chance of rain. Winds blowing from the Southwest at 10-20 m.p.h. Game-time temperature: Around 70.

New York Jets at Miami Dolphins, 1:00 p.m.
Sunny Sunny. Winds blowing from the East at 5-10 m.p.h. Game-time temperature: Around 80.

San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, 1:00 p.m.
Partly Cloudy Partly cloudy. Winds blowing from the Northwest at 10-20 m.p.h. Game-time temperature: Around 45.

Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles, 1:00 p.m.
Mostly Cloudy Mostly cloudy with a 40-percent chance of snow. Winds blowing from the Southeast at 5-10 m.p.h. Game-time temperature: Around 40.

San Francisco 49ers at Carolina Panthers, 1:00 p.m.
Mostly Cloudy Mostly cloudy. Winds blowing from the South at 5-10 m.p.h. Game-time temperature: Around 60.

Cleveland Browns at Arizona Cardinals, 4:05 p.m.
Sunny Sunny. Winds blowing from the Northwest at 5-10 m.p.h. Game-time temperature: Around 65.

Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders, 4:05 p.m.
Mostly Cloudy Mostly cloudy. Winds blowing from the South at 5-15 m.p.h. Game-time temperature: Around 60.

New York Giants at Chicago Bears, 4:15 p.m.
Mostly Cloudy Mostly cloudy with a 40-percent chance of rain. Winds blowing from the Southwest at 5-15 m.p.h. Game-time temperature: Around 50.

Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:15 p.m.
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Injured McNabb out for Eagles' game against Seahawks
December 2, 2007

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -Donovan McNabb was inactive for the Eagles' game against Seattle on Sunday because of a sprained ankle and injured thumb.

A.J. Feeley got his second consecutive start. Feeley is coming off a strong outing in a 31-28 loss to New England in which he had career bests in completions (27) and yards passing (345) and threw for three touchdowns. But he also had three interceptions, including one that was returned for a score.

McNabb has been sidelined since spraining his right ankle and injuring his thumb in a win over the Miami Dolphins on Nov. 18.

Since leading the Eagles to the Super Bowl three years ago, McNabb hasn't played a full season. He missed the final seven games in 2005 with a sports hernia and sat out the last eight games, including playoffs, last season with a torn knee ligament.

Overall, the Eagles are 14-9 in games McNabb has missed because of injury since he became the starter in Week 10 of his rookie year in 1999.

The Eagles also played without strong safety Quintin Mikell (knee) and defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley (knee).

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Struggling Panthers QB Carr demoted to 3rd string
December 2, 2007

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -Struggling David Carr was demoted to the No. 3 quarterback for the Carolina Panthers on Sunday against San Francisco.

Vinny Testaverde was the starter, and undrafted rookie Matt Moore was listed as the backup. Carr was the emergency No. 3 quarterback.

The 44-year-old Testaverde returned after missing last Sunday's loss to New Orleans with a sore back. Carr started in his place against the Saints, and was 10-of-22 for 95 yards and two interceptions before being replaced by Moore early in the fourth quarter.

The demotion comes after Carr signed a two-year, $6 million free-agent deal with Carolina in the offseason following a five-year stint as the starter in Houston. But when original starter Jake Delhomme was lost to a season-ending elbow injury in Week 3, Carr has thrown three touchdown passes, five interceptions and has a passer rating of 58.3.

Receiver Dwayne Jarrett (knee) was among the inactive players for Carolina Sunday.

For the 49ers, receiver Jason Hill (groin) did not dress.

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Colts:  Hagler returning

The Colts' starting linebacker corps will be intact on Sunday for the first time since October 22nd, with Tyjuan Hagler returning from a pinched nerve in his neck after missing four straight games, ESPN.com reported.

Vikings:  Winfield inactive

The Vikings will be without cornerback Antoine Winfield for the fourth time in five games. He is still nursing a hamstring injury.

Titans:  Haynesworth good to go

Titans defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth is active for Sunday's game against the Texans. He missed the previous three games due to a sore hamstring.

Seahawks:  No-go for Hackett

As expected, D.J. Hackett's ankle injury will keep him out of action on Sunday. He is officially listed as inactive.

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