Todd Herremans said he is still targeting the October 26th Monday night game against the Washington Redskins as his return to action following two months spent on the sidelines after suffering a stress reaction in his foot during training camp.
"Yesterday went well," Herremans said of his first practice with the team. "I went out and did some individual work with Juan (Castillo) and the rest of the Offensive line in pads and stuff, and it felt good.
"I'm going to try to take some reps at scout team tomorrow. Hopefully, everything goes good and we get a scan next week just to make sure nothing's changed, and then hopefully get in the swing of things full-go next week."
It's important for Herremans to be patient with his return however, as he doesn't want to reinjure the foot.
"I want to play really bad, but at the same time that doesn't outweigh my hatred for that scooter, and I don't want to be back on that for another six to eight weeks," Herremans said. "So I'm not going to push myself to the point where I come back for one week and then be out for another eight, that's not even an option."
The test in the near-term for Herremans will be building strength and endurance after being off his foot for eight weeks.
"My ankle is a little tired," he said. "I haven't really done much on it. But just getting in the flow of things and getting more reps is really what's going to help that out ... You never get in football shape until you play football."
Most of all, Herremans just wants to be on the field with his teammates again.
"It felt good," he said of the return to practice. "Just to be out there around the guys, joking around, sweating a little bit with them. I've been watching them play, and it's not a lot of fun. It looks like they're having fun out there and you never want to be watching the fun, you want to be part of the fun."
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 1:50 p.m., October 14