The list of guys sitting out practice grew Wednesday, with one significant addition.
RB DeAngelo Williams (sore knee) got the day off. It isn't serious, and maybe he was just jealous of backfield partner Jonathan Stewart getting all the rest.
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Stewart, by the way, is still on the shelf. I keep getting emails and twitter messages (@daringantt) asking if he's OK or if this is some catastrophe.
The only honest answer, and it's OK to admit, is I don't know yet.
Until he can practice, it's hard to imagine him making any kind of impact in a game, preseason or regular season. But he doesn't look particularly close to doing that.
They're giving him time, because they can afford to at the moment. But then again, the clock's ticking.
After practice, coach John Fox said he's been impressed enough by rookie RB Mike Goodson that he could envision him playing a significant role on offense, not as just a spot player or returner.
Unless Stewart gets out there soon, he might have to.
-- Also out Wednesday were S Nate Salley (knee), DT Lonnie Harvey (back) and G C.J. Davis (ankle).
Salley's back after spending the last two days getting a second opinion on his knee.
Honestly, being hurt might be his best chance to make a million this year. With all the Peppers-related cash constraints, it's sort of hard to justify $1.01 million for a fourth safety.
So if Dante Wesley or Sherrod Martin can do it, and they can keep another cheap player, Salley could provide them a bit of payroll flexibility..