Running back Michael Bush emerged from the locker room in sweats and a baseball cap Thursday, apparently sitting out practice after being “limited” for the previous two days with coach Tom Cable keeping alive hope he would face the Tennessee Titans.
Bush (fractured thumb), wide receiver Chaz Schilens (knee), linebacker Travis Goethel (lower back) and cornerback Walter McFadden (hamstring) were not suited up and all appear likely to be on the inactive list for the season opener in Nashville Sunday.
A few quick hits after the first access to defensive coordinator John Marshall and special teams coordinator John Fassel:
–Cornerback Chris Johnson will play in the first team nickel defense, playing on the outside with starter Stanford Routt sliding into the slot.
— The move of Trevor Scott from weak side starter to right end was made to get Quentin Groves on the field once Groves became adjusted to playing in back of the ball instead of being on the line of scrimmage.
— Linebacker Thomas Howard has repsonded to losing his job as a starting linebacker to being a core special teams player and is also playing in the big nickel defense.
— Marshall compared Rolando McClain’s football IQ and abilty to instantly recognize concepts and philosophies to that of Lofa Tatupu, who was an immediate starter in Seattle and three-time Pro Bowler who helped the Seahawks to a conference championship as a rookie.
— Core special teamers along with Howard this year, according to Fassel, include Groves, Rock Cartwright and Hiram Eugene.
— Return specialist Yamon Figurs was referred to by Fassel as a “high rewards” guy. Figurs scored two touchdowns for the Baltimore Ravens on returns when Fassel was a special teams assistant there.
More to come . . .