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It's difficult to say whether this is cause for alarm, but both starting offensive tackles -- Adam Terry on the right side and Jared Gaither on the left -- did not participate in the portion of practice open to the media this afternoon. Gaither was a spectator, dressed in gray sweats, while Terry was absent.

Any speculation might be all for naught. Terry told me earlier today that he intends to play Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts despite injuring the meniscus in his right knee against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Gaither did not appear to be hobbled as he walked across one practice field to watch the offensive linemen in practice.

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With Terry and Gaither absent, the first unit included Willie Anderson on the right side and rookie Oniel Cousins on the left.

Other players absent from practice included cornerbacks Samari Rolle (neck surgery) and Fabian Washington (dislocated right shoulder) and strong safety Dawan Landry (spinal cord concussion).

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Wide receiver Derrick Mason (left thumb) and tight end Daniel Wilcox (hand) were present and active. Running back Willis McGahee (sore ribs) wore a red, non-contact jersey. Newly signed defensive tackle Brandon McKinney wore No. 68, while cornerback Anwar Phillips wore No. 24.

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