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Training Camp Notes

Ben Tate- out for the season: Tate, who is slated to undergo ankle surgery Tuesday, will be placed on injured reserve by the Texans. Tate's unfortunate (and reportedly severe) ankle injury opens the door for Chris Henry and Jeremiah Johnson to compete for the team's No. 3 running back job behind Arian Foster and Steve Slaton. Don't be surprised if the Texans add some free agent depth at the position in the coming days, however. In the meantime, this news will give more carries to Foster (who will probably end up as the starter) and Slaton once the regular season begins now that Tate is out of the mix.

Larry Fitzgerald – mild knee sprain: Fitzgerald (knee) had an MRI on Sunday that revealed only a mild sprain. Any sprain is a ligament tear, and it will almost certainly lead the Cards to shut him down for the rest of the preseason, but it doesn't appear all that severe, and Fitzgerald should be healthy and ready to go when the Cards open up the regular season in Week 1 against St. Louis. That being said, keep an eye on how Fitzgerald does with rehab and workouts the rest of the preseason, just to make sure this is not a lingering issue heading into Week 1.

Carson Palmer – looks sharp Sunday: Palmer went 12-for-15 with 105 yards in Sunday's preseason game against Denver. Palmer saw some more action this week after throwing only five passes in his preseason debut. The veteran doesn't seem to be showing any lingering effects from offseason thumb surgery. Palmer is no longer a lock No.1 fantasy QB unless you are in a very deep league, but he is certainly rosterable as a backup.

Dwayne Jarrett – working to improve: Jarrett has taken a more mature approach to his offseason preparation. Jarrett reportedly met with some "advisors and mentors" after a dismal 2009 season. He was told that he needed to change his attitude towards the game and apparently he has listened, working out more in the offseason and shedding some pounds. He's down to what is likely his last chance with Carolina as his contract expires after this season, so keep an eye on him if he's able to land a starting receiver job.

Vernon Davis – knee strain: Davis is apparently dealing with a knee strain. We'll have to see how serious this "strain" is, but Davis says his knee should be fine. For now, we'll consider him day-to-day until we hear otherwise. Keep an eye on this situation just to make he is going to be OK.

Michael Hoomanawanui – could wind up a starter: Hoomanawanui had two receptions for 26 yards during Saturday's preseason opener against the Vikings. The rookie out of Illinois has been opening eyes in camp with his pass catching skills and is looking more and more like a darkhorse candidate to move past veterans Daniel Fells and Billy Bajema into the No. 1 TE spot on the club's roster. Neither Fells nor Bajema had a reception Saturday. Even if he winds up starting, Hoomanawanui would have limited fantasy value in what is shaping up to be an anemic Rams pass offense in 2010.