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It could be another lost season for Jimmy Kennedy, the St. Louis Rams' first-round draft pick a year ago.
The 330-pound defensive tackle broke his right foot Thursday and could be out for the season. He was injured during a non-contact drill at the team's training camp in Macomb, Ill., but it was not considered serious at first.
However a later exam revealed the break. He will undergo surgery next week.
Kennedy was the 12th overall pick in 2003 but was a huge disappointment last season. He showed up for training camp overweight and played only sparingly in 13 games.
Things had been looking up for him this season. New defensive coordinator Larry Marmie was allowing Kennedy to play at 330 pounds, closer to his playing weight at Penn State. Lovie Smith, the Rams' defensive coordinator last season and now head coach of the Bears, directed Kennedy to play at around 305 pounds.
Coach Mike Martz had seen improvement.
"He's not where he needs to be, but he's made terrific progress," Martz said earlier this week.
Wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad has a compound fracture of his right ring finger that is expected to keep him out of several practices.
Despite the pain, Muhammad said it may be a good omen.
In 1999, Muhammad had the same injury to a finger on his other hand. He came back to catch 96 passes for a career-high 1,253 yards and eight touchdowns and was named to his only Pro Bowl.
"Maybe it's a sign of good things to come," Muhammad said with a laugh.
Muhammad, who has started 87 games over the past six seasons for the Panthers, left practice Thursday after a ball deflected off his right ring finger.
"It's something I can play with, but right now I'm going to let it heal up and rest it for awhile," Muhammad said.
Santana Moss will skip today's practice against the New York Giants in Albany, N.Y., with a sore hamstring.
Moss didn't practice Thursday or Friday, and coach Herman Edwards said he was holding Moss out for precautionary reasons. Moss had a breakout year last season, catching 74 passes for 1,105 yards and 10 touchdowns and averaging 11.1 yards on punt returns.
Safety Reggie Tongue (left calf) and linebacker Eric Barton (left hamstring) are still out with their injuries.
Both signed as free agents in the off-season are expected to start on the Jets' revamped defense. Josh Evans will be able to go against the Giants after sitting out a few days with a sore left knee.
First-round pick Jonathan Vilma is questionable for the practice with a sore left calf. Vilma was injured Tuesday, and Edwards also wants to be cautious with the rookie middle linebacker.
Linebacker LaVar Arrington didn't practice Friday morning because of a bruise on his lower left leg. He spent the morning session walking gingerly, with the leg wrapped.
"It's sore," Arrington said. "I've been fighting a little sprained ankle and the bruise to my shin kind of made my whole lower region kind of worse. They felt like, for whatever reason, they didn't want to let me go today, but I'm always prepared to try."
Linebacker Mike Barrow aggravated an injury to his left knee in the morning practice. Coach Joe Gibbs said he expected both linebackers to be fine.
Backup tight end Billy Baber injured his left knee during a joint practice Friday afternoon with the Minnesota Vikings in Mankato, Minn.
Baber was sandwiched by Vikings safeties Corey Chavous and Brian Russell after catching a pass from Trent Green. Baber came down awkwardly on the knee after Russell drove his shoulder into him.
Coach Dick Vermeil said preliminary examinations show a sprain.
Baber, a special teams regular entering his fourth NFL season, caught one pass last season for 20 yards. He has played in 29 games in three seasons with Kansas City.
Linebacker Carlos Emmons missed his third straight practice because of pain in his left leg, the same one he broke late last season while playing with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Emmons downplayed his absence, noting that doctors told him he would occasionally have swelling in the leg. The nine-year veteran who signed with the Giants as a free agent said he wasn't even supposed to practice during the first week of camp, adding he probably did a little too much work.
"It is nothing out of the ordinary, it's part of the injury," Emmons said, adding there is a chance he might do some work in the practices with the Jets today.
-- Associated Press