After missing three games with a thumb injury, Rashad Jennings said that Wednesday’s practice was “step one” in his return. It was, he said, the first time he has taken a full share of offensive reps.
The running back still was listed as limited on the injury report, but he seems to be making strides toward playing Sunday against the Ravens.
“I’m getting some good reps out there practicing with the offense, getting in the flow of things and getting ready for Baltimore,” he said. “I prepare every single week like I am carrying the load, no matter what, that is just my mentality. But today I got a good mix in with the offense, so yeah, we’re on the right track.”
Jennings said he was so close to playing that he was a gametime decision Sunday night in Green Bay. That he is a week healthier and closer to the field would seem to indicate he will play Sunday.
“I think I can contribute,” Jennings said. “You are talking to the player, so I am always thinking that I am good and I am ready to play, but I’m sure that they evaluated it and are doing what is in the best interest of the team immediately and the team long term. Everything is about this team, so hopefully I can help this team, this week.”
Casillas no fighter
Jonathan Casillas denied a report that he is “very close” to signing as a fighter with Hispanic MMA promotion Combate Americas. While he is a fan of the sport, he said he has no plans to be a participant in it now, though he did not rule it out for when his NFL career is over.
“I know people that when they’re done playing football they have to find something to keep those competitive juices flowing,” Casillas said with a grin. “I might say no now, but then six months after I retire I might be hitting the bag and going to jiujitsu classes with my daughter.”
CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie (groin) was limited in practice and said he is feeling close to 80 percent after aggravating his injury against the Packers. He played most of that game despite hobbling around, and said he was close to 40 percent when he finally limped off the field . . . Ben McAdoo called recently signed Coty Sensabaugh “a veteran corner who’s played a lot of football. He has a versatility inside and outside and we’re glad to have him on board.” . . . TE Larry Donnell (concussion) was a noncontact participant in practice Wednesday. S Nat Berhe and LB Devon Kennard are in the concussion protocol and did not practice.