Coach Ken Whisenhunt just came through for his lunch time media session. After all the hitting last night, today's lone practice – while it will still accomplish all the goals – is going to be very light, with Whiz allowing players to just wear shorts and caps. It won't be as fun to watch, but the grind of camp practically compels such a move. "We can let them recover before this weekend," Whisenhunt said.
On the injury front, not the best news for a pair of defensive linemen. Jason Banks has a meniscus tear in his knee and Whisenhunt said he will likely need a surgical procedure. Meanwhile, Keilen Dykes – who was running as second-team defensive end – has a quad strain that will be monitored closely. "We'll see how it reacts, but I would anticipate it would be more than a couple-of-day thing," Whisenhunt said.
As for the emotional ending to Wednesday night's practice, Whisenhunt said he likes seeing his players show their competitive side. "It helps, and maybe it gives you a false perception of practice when they get jacked up like that," Whisenhunt said. Large crowds help too. "When you have such a pro-support crowd that is excited about everything you do – even when a quarterback throws a ball in the bucket and you hear the cheer – it gets you excited."