Center Kevin Mawae said he is making progress as he returns from the torn tendon in his right elbow.
Mawae remains on the physically unable to perform list, but still has his sights set on being ready to go for the regular season opener on Sept. 10.
“I’m coming along just fine. The trainers are happy with where I’m at. I’m happy with where I’m at,” Mawae said. “There’s no rush for me to be out there. Each week I’ve progressed more and done more than I have the previous week. It’s preseason; we’ve got four more games to go. I certainly hope to get some game time before the regular season starts, but the goal is to get through the season healthy.”
Mawae said after 15 NFL seasons under his belt he knows how to prepare and knows what it takes to get ready for the regular season.
“I know what my body needs to get ready to play in a game. I don’t need five preseason games to get ready. I just need a little bit,” Mawae said.
There were two more fights in practice Thursday, with one battle taking place between LaJuan Ramsey and Jason Murphy with Fernando Velasco getting into the fray as well.
But the biggest incident came in a battle between rookies Ryan Durand and Mitch King at the end of a play.
In that one, two were locked up and King began punching Durand, and after being separated, threw his helmet toward the offensive lineman.
King said he had no real concerns about getting hurt in the fray.
“Obviously you think about that, but if let him push you around all day long, then you wouldn’t be giving yourself justice in making the team,” King said.
After being backed away from the fray by Michael Griffin and LenDale White, Griffin told King, “Don’t ever take your helmet off, boy.”
Afterwards, King was asked about Griffin’s advice to him.
“I’m not afraid to get punched in the face, so it’s whatever. It was distracting my view, so it’s all right,” King said.
One reporter chimed in and said, “That was a pretty good right you threw,” to which King replied, “Thank you.”
At least three players are unlikely to play Saturday night against Tampa Bay, according to Coach Jeff Fisher.
Fisher said receivers Chris Davis (hamstring) and Mark Jones, both returners, are unlikely to play, along with linebacker Stephen Tulloch (knee).
With Davis and Jones both out, Ryan Mouton, Jason McCourty and Rafael Little will likely handle returns. Kenny Britt returned punts in practice for a second straight day, but is not yet advanced enough, according to Fisher, to be used in that capacity Saturday night against the Bucs.
Others who have missed practice time, but have not yet been ruled out include linebacker Colin Allred (high ankle sprain), defensive end Jacob Ford (hamstring), defensive tackle Jason Jones (foot), fullback Casey Cramer (shoulder), safety Vincent Fuller (groin), safety Nick Schommer (hamstring). Linebacker David Thornton was given Thursday off to rest.