Linebacker Keith Brooking has a sprained AC joint that will sideline him for a second consecutive game, but he said Tuesday that he was confident it would not prevent him from playing in the season opener against the Redskins.
"My shoulder feels good," Brooking said. "As far as strength goes, soreness, it's very minimal. I have really good strength in it now. In an AC, it's actually putting the pads on and start hitting. Today I get to do that. That'll be a big test. Even if it hurts and it's sore, that comes tomorrow. It's not a major issue with the AC. I've had this problem before. It's something I've played through. It's the one joint in your body you can shoot up with no negative effects longterm. If it does come to that, which standing here right now I don't think it's going to come to that next week, I think the time off was necessary in order for me to kind of approach next week that way and not have to shoot up before the game. ... The ultimate test will be today, after I go out there and practice."
-- Jan Hubbard