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Quinton Coples Returns to Practice

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Here is some good news. Quinton Coples is getting limited action in practice today for the first time since he was injured in the second preseason game.

Coples participated on a limited basis during the portion of practice open to reporters (the first 30 minutes or so). He did some light jogging and footwork drills with trainers on the sideline.

Coples did not participate fully in practice. His status for Week 3 is unknown. He still presumably has to work himself back into shape so even if he cannot play, there is likely a possibility his snaps will be limited to passing downs. Even if he is limited, something beats nothing.

The prospect of adding Coples is exciting, though. Muhammad Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, Damon Harrison, and Demario Davis are starting to look like pieces of a really promising young front seven. One thing lacking is a pass rusher off the edge. We still are not quite sure whether or how well Coples can fill that role, but he has tremendous physical tools. If Coples can become effective off the edge, defenses will have to provide him extra attention, which would mean more one on ones for Richardson and Wilkerson. That's good.