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No Pittman in Wednesday's practice

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It appears Michael Pittman aggravated his ankle injury by returning -- in his words -- a little too early against the Falcons on Sunday.

Pittman told me after the game he "couldn't concentrate really because I hadn't been hit and didn't know what my ankle would do. I wasn't myself. . . I kind of wish I would have waited another week."

And the fact that he couldn't practice Wednesday is a pretty good indication he did further damage to his ankle by rushing back into the lineup. It's ironic that Pittman had been insisting to reporters for weeks that he would be ready to go much sooner than his doctors predicted because he's a quick healer. Pittman told me the previous week that he nearly attempted to play against Arizona before the bye, until he was overruled by the team trainer and Jon Gruden.

At this point, it's not certain what Pittman's status is for Sunday's game. Whatever happens, this is why Gruden has been extremely cautious when talking about the return of injured players the past few weeks. Until he sees what they do on game day, Gruden has repeatedly said he doesn't care what the player tells him. It's all about what the players shows him.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:52pm]

    

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