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Quickie OTA notes and observations

Here are my quickie reactions to today's OTA practice.

The injured first: Patrick Turner, Brandon Marshall, Jason Ferguson, Channing Crowder, and Reggie Torbor were not in practice. Ronnie Brown and Will Allen, both out much of 2009 with injuries, worked but are clearly not 100 percent. Marshall declined to say what injury he is nursing.

Ferguson, who will serve an eight-game suspension for testing positive for PEDs, said he tested positive because he was taking a diuretic and blood pressure pill, "to make weight."

"It's my fault being lazy and not checking the list," Ferguson said. "I didn't know it was on there. They know it was no steriod."

The number: Marshall wore No. 19 today. But don't go out and buy your No. 19 Brandon Marshall jersey just yet and definitely do not rip the G-I-N-N off the No. 19 jersey you already bought. Marshall said he will have his real number "by camp."

It was jarring to me that Quentin Moses was working first-team strongside outside linebacker. Charlie Anderson was the other first-teamer at weakside. =The second team was, interestingly, manned by the players who most fans and media hope and expect will actually be on the field because they seem more explosive -- Cameron Wake and second-round pick Koa Misi.

Anderson, by the way, said he worked at both weak and strong side today.

Wake told me he's not concerned about not being first-team right now.

There is clearly a battle brewing at center. Joe Berger, who played very well at the end of 2009, took first-team snaps ahead of Jake Grove, who worked with the second-team.Donald Thomas, who was exclusively a right guard the last couple of years, worked with the first team at left guard today. He was first team at LG while Richie Incognito worked with the first-team at RG. The starting line left to right was Jake Long, Thomas, Berger, Richie Incognito and Vernon Carey.

Brown looks strong and healthy. He said he has not signed his restricted free agent tender but obviously will do so eventually. "I haven't signed but I pretty much have," he said with a shrug.

Clearly a new long-term contract is not imminent.

Allen, by the way, is working exclusively at cornerback at this stage and doesn't seem to have any desire to move. "People saying we have a vacancy at safety because they have nothing else to talk about," he said. "To me there's no vacancy. I saw someone out there today. We have someone there."

The man working at first-team free safety was Chris Clemons.

The second-team corners today were Jason Allen and Evan Oglesby.

With Crowder sitting out today's work, newly acquired Tim Dobbins took the first team snaps at inside linebacker alongside Karlos Dansby.

Obviously, there will be a competition for the starting right defensive end job. But for today, and I stress, today, the first-teamer was Phillip Merling. Rookie Jared Odrick worked with the second team.

One final thought: This is only an OTA. It is only May. Training camp is two months away. But Patrick Turner not being on the field is a bad sign for a player who was unable to make enough progress to get any snaps from scrimmage on offense in a game last year.

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