Gocong still out of practice

Strongside linebacker Chris Gocong remained out of practice today as he continues to recover from quad and hamstring injuries he suffered to his right leg during Sunday's win over the New York Giants.

Having missed two straight practices, it's possible that Gocong could miss his first game since his rookie season when he missed the entire year after suffering a neck injury in the preseason.

If Gocong cannot play, rookie Moise Fokou is expected to make his first NFL start. Fokou replaced Gocong at strongside linebacker last week against the Giants and finished with three tackles.

In other injury news, defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley and defensive end Chris Clemons returned to the practice field. Bunkley had missed practice Wednesday with a sore knee and Clemons had been sidelined by a sprained shoulder joint. Both those injuries occured against the Giants.

Defensive end Victor Abiamiri, out the last two games because of a sprained knee, participated in individual drills and said before practice that he thought he was close to returning. It still seems unlikely that he will play Sunday night against the Dallas Cowboys.

Defensive coordinator Sean McDermott said Sean Jones would remain the starter at free safety despite the return of rookie Macho Harris from an ankle injury. McDermott said he will rotate Jones, Harris and Quintin Demps at the free safety position.

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