Opening statement: “It’s good to get back and get going with practice. We were able to get a couple guys back that we haven’t seen in a while. T.J. Ward was out in practice today and Jarmoris Slaughter also was out and got a chance to do some team work. We are excited about having those guys back.

 “One of the things I was pleased with during the game was the way our guys competed, played hard and played fast. One of the things I wanted to challenge them with was coming back to practice and competing and working to get better. That’s one of the things we need to do to be the team we want to be is we’re going to have to work and scrap for everything we do and everything we get.

The competition in practice was good. We had a good spirited practice. The tempo was good and we got some things done today. We worked a lot of situations and are really focusing on improving on situational football.”

On if Trent Richardson will play Thursday: “He’s been practicing. Last week he was practicing, as well. He’s been back. Again, I will wait until later in the week and let you guys know on that.” On if Richardson had been treated for his shin injury: “No.”

 On if Richardson would have sat out the opening game if he didn’t sustain the shin injury: “It is part of the overall plan. We want him ready to go opening day.”

On Joe Haden’s interceptions in practice: “He had a real nice break on a couple balls and picked them off. Like I said before, Joe’s approach has been outstanding. He is hungry to become the kind of player he can and reach his potential. He continues to work at it and he’s making plays out here every day. Those things and what I have been pleased with is the guy’s ability to take things from the meeting room to the practice field and then from the practice field to the games.”

 On Buster Skrine recording many passes defensed in practice: “He has. He has really improved from the spring. He’s a young guy and a guy that just works every single day. He’s one of the hardest workers on the team and is a super competitive guy. He takes a lot of pride in what he does. You can see it show on the field. He had a number of times where he got his hands on the ball today.”

 On Skrine being more comfortable defending the slot receiver: “I’ve seen him make plays and he looks good in all those areas to me.”