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Injuries, updates, etc



Jon Gruden says safety Sabby Piscitelli has a fracture in his right foot though the team gave no immediate indication of how long he'll miss.

As for defensive end Patrick Chukwurah who has been out with a sprained knee, Gruden said he could make his return this weekend at Carolina.

Elsewhere, Gruden made no promises about continuing to use the committee approach at running back. He indicated that he still believes in Cadillac Williams despite his 3.5-yard-per-carry average. Williams also has lost two fumbles, including one against the Rams on Sunday.

"We have the rookie of the year who played extremely well in 2005," Gruden said of Williams.

By the sound of it, you shouldn't expect to see a lot of changes in who gets the carries. It's likely to be Williams and a little bit of Michael Pittman from time to time. Gruden still considers Williams "our featured back."

On the offensive line, Gruden said it's getting better but admits the pass protection still left a little to be desired. He singled out Arron Sears as a guy who "had some problems at time with some passing sets." Garcia hasn't been sacked much -- only four times this season -- but that's largely because he has proven so elusive in escaping defenders.

Lastly, special teams was a bright spot, Gruden said. Specifically, the kickoff-coverage and kickoff-return teams played well.

"We have some real speed on our special teams," Gruden said.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:49pm]


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