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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

WitP: Sol recovers, Leonard to active roster?, Colt, Jets, Veikune

Solomon Elimimian, who's recovering from an ankle injury, was praised by one of his fellow linebackers.
That veteran Anton McKenzie holds such a belief about players like rookie Solomon Elimimian is even more remarkable when you realize that putting Elimimian on the field could come at his expense.

"We've got to get him back on the field," McKenzie said of the 23-year-old rookie, who watched practice for a second straight day with an ankle injury suffered when he tried to make a tackle on Andre Durie of the Toronto Argonauts in Friday's 24-20 loss.

"He's a great kid. We talked pretty much all week going over things for last week. It's too bad he's hurt and both of us can't be on the field."
From another article, more love from McKenzie:
"Solomon played unbelievable when I was out," McKenzie said. "He's playing a heck of a game and it's too bad that he's hurt and now both of us can't be on the field together."
Due to an injury to another BC linebacker, Adam Leonard may be moved to the active roster.
Linebacker Mike Johnson (ankle) is also doubtful for Edmonton. Former University of Hawaii linebacker Adam Leonard would take Johnson's spot on the active roster.
Via Patty G, Donovan McNabb talks about spending "Hell Week" in Arizona with some of his teammates, including Colt Brennan.
And McNabb expects that time together -- that so-called Hell Week -- to pay dividends, not just for him, and not just for the receivers, but even for Colt Brennan. "It was truly big for us. It was it was something we'll benefit from I think mid-season toward the end of the year. I think for us coming into camp having kinda an upper-hand -- [knowing] a little bit more about the offense and what Kyle Shanahan likes to do in this offense and in his mindset -- it was easy for myself and Colt because we were just getting out plays, working with each other as well as throwing with the receivers and getting our time in and chemistry there."
From earlier this month, here's a NewYorkJets.com article about the three former UH players currently with the Jets: Brashton Satele, Aaron Kia and Wayne Hunter.
Satele and Kia are from Mililani while Hunter hails from just outside Honolulu. Although Hunter understands the transition that Kia and Satele might be facing, he believes that they’ll soon get used to the East Coast and that he can help make the cross-country experiment easier on them.

“It feels good just talking from experience,” Hunter said. “When I went to Jacksonville from Seattle, we had about three or four guys who were from Hawaii so it made that transition much easier for me. I’m assuming they feel the same way. When they first came here, they brought me a sweater from Hawaii. It was nice because you got that aloha spirit roaming around the locker room, which is what I always missed from Hawaii. Just having that island connection just makes our connection better.”
And finally, an update on David Veikune's status in the Browns linebacking corps.
David Veikune is one more linebacker with something to prove. He was lost last season.

Part of the blame for that is on the coaches. He was a defensive end in college (Hawaii) and the Browns worked him at inside and outside linebacker. He played in 10 games last year and never made a tackle.

Veikune got heavy last year and was pushing 270 pounds. He lost 20 pounds and is concentrating on inside linebacker. He and fellow second-year linebacker Kaluka Maiava will back up Jackson and Fujita.


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