- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 31, 2008

From combined dispatches

David Carr knows more than a few of his new teammates on the New York Giants are wondering about him.

Every time the top pick in the 2002 NFL Draft takes a snap with the Super Bowl champions in Albany, N.Y., there are questions.

“I would be wondering, too,” Carr said Wednesday between practices at the University of Albany. “What is his thing? Is it him, or is it the team?”

Carr is a major question mark as the Giants prepare to defend their NFL title.

Signed in March as a potential backup to Eli Manning, Carr is trying to put his once-promising career back together.

The Houston Texans gave up on him after five seasons in which he was physically pounded, and last year wasn’t much better when the now 29-year-old Carr struggled while playing six games with Carolina.

After considering a number of offers, Carr signed with the Giants because they were a winning team that might offer him the chance to regain his confidence.

“First and foremost, when I came here I told Coach [Tom] Coughlin I wanted to help the team any way I can,” Carr said. “I am looking for them to help me. If we can both do that, it will be positive for everybody.”

RAMS: Coach Scott Linehan briefly halted Wednesday’s second practice, imploring players to persevere through the warmest day of training camp in Mequon, Wis.

The ninth practice of camp began in 89-degree heat, more like conditions the team thought it was escaping when it moved 400 miles north this summer. Linehan called the team to the middle of the field and could be heard yelling before the practice resumed.

“It was between myself and the team,” Linehan said. “More than anything, it was the hottest day we’ve had, and it was a challenging day.

“There were a lot of guys taking a lot of extra reps because of guys not being in there.”

JAGUARS: Receiver Reggie Williams will have arthroscopic surgery after re-injuring his right knee during training camp in Jacksonville, Fla.

Williams initially hurt his knee working out last week and opened camp on the physically unable to perform list. He was activated Tuesday and returned to practice but tweaked his knee during the evening session. He made a spin move following a catch and then limped off the field. He was examined by team trainers and then carted to the locker room for tests.

BILLS: Backup quarterback J.P. Losman returned to practice in Pittsford, N.Y., a day after being held out because of a swollen thumb on his throwing hand.

Losman missed only one practice after jamming his right thumb when striking a teammate’s helmet while attempting a pass in practice Monday.

Starting linebacker Angelo Crowell, who walked with a noticeable limp, was held out for a second straight day because of a sore left knee. Coach Dick Jauron termed Crowell’s injury as not serious, though he did not indicate when the player would be cleared to return.

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