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NFL: Panthers' offensive tackles return, could be ready for Bucs

Still in lineup: Cowboys corner Adam Jones scuffled with his bodyguard Tuesday, but no one was charged.

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Still in lineup: Cowboys corner Adam Jones scuffled with his bodyguard Tuesday, but no one was charged.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Panthers left tackle Jordan Gross returned to practice Thursday for the first time since being knocked unconscious nearly two weeks ago, and he thinks he will play Sunday against the Bucs.

Right tackle Jeff Otah was back on the field after missing Sunday's win over the Chiefs with a sprained right ankle.

Center Ryan Kalil was the only starting offensive lineman to sit, out with a right ankle injury.

Gross, who had 91 straight starts in regular-season and playoff games, was cleared to practice after passing a series of tests because of a concussion sustained against the Falcons on Sept. 28.

"I felt fine," Gross said. "It's nice because I'm not the guinea pig with this thing. We've had guys here that have dealt with it, so they are cautious with it.

"But I will give you the normal answer — you'll have to ask (coach John) Fox if I'm playing or not. He hasn't told me yet, but I passed all of my tests."

Fox has not said whether Gross or Otah will play, but their return to practice would seem to indicate they will.

Cowboys to let Jones play despite trouble

IRVING, Texas — Troubled cornerback Adam Jones is still in the lineup for the Cowboys after his latest incident involving police.

Coach Wade Phillips said that Jones will play Sunday against the Cardinals, and owner Jerry Jones said the team didn't plan any discipline after the player got into a scuffle with his bodyguard Tuesday night in the bathroom of an upscale Dallas hotel. Police were called, but there were no arrests or charges filed.

"I am very disappointed in that we're having to deal with this," Jerry Jones said.

Phillips said he talked to the team Thursday morning about the incident.

"What I'm trying to do is get this team to focus on this game and the team that we are playing," Phillips said. "We're moving on in that direction."

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a radio interview that the league was investigating the matter.

Ex-Bronco Henry out of jail: Former Broncos running back Travis Henry was released from jail in Denver after posting a $400,000 bond on federal drug charges. The U.S. Attorney's Office said Henry must remain in his home, where he will be monitored electronically. And he is not allowed to have contact with co-defendant James Mack. If convicted, both could face 10 years to life in prison, five years' probation and a $4-million fine.

Browns: Kellen Wins­low went to a doctor for tests after he missed a second straight day of practice with an unspecified "illness." Coach Romeo Crennel said the tight end has been sick for two days and would not say whether he will play Monday against the Giants.

Chargers: Wideout Chris Chambers (ankle) missed practice and will likely miss Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Lions: Quarterback Jon Kitna missed a second straight practice because of an injured back. Offensive coordinator Jim Colletto said the team might not know whether Kitna can play against the Vikings on Sunday until pregame workouts.

Ravens: Coach John Harbaugh named rookie Joe Flacco the starting quarterback for the rest of the season. Troy Smith, who returned from a severe tonsil infection, will be the third quarterback behind backup Todd Bouman against the Colts.

Redskins: Defensive end Jason Taylor practiced for the first time since surgery Sept. 22 on his left calf. Taylor did not take part in all of the drills, and the team will be cautious about playing him Sunday against the Rams. … Defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin (shoulder), linebacker Marcus Washington (hamstring) and safety Reed Doughty (back) did not practice and could be out Sunday.

NFL: Panthers' offensive tackles return, could be ready for Bucs 10/09/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 3:18pm]
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