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Ochocinco, Stew and Twitter, plus more

Chad Ochocinco, who as of last night had 1,154,868 Twitter followers, complained during Friday night's game about the hit he took from Eagles linebacker Stew Bradley, when Ochocinco was sandwiched between Bradley and Dimitri Patterson.

Ochocinco, Stew and Twitter, plus more

Chad Ochocinco, who as of last night had 1,154,868 Twitter followers, complained during Friday night's game about the hit he took from Eagles linebacker Stew Bradley, when Ochocinco was sandwiched between Bradley and Dimitri Patterson.

The Tweet said: "Man Im sick of getting hit like that, its the damn preseason s---! 1 day I'm gone jump up and start throwing hay makers."

The next morning, Bradley, presumably one of the 1,154,868, replied: "hope the heads feeling alright. We just had a real long training camp ya know, and we hit everyday so . . . ''

Chad cooled down and Tweeted "@StewBradley, Stew that was a great hit you caught me with last night, if i ever see you in public i am gonna whoop you're a--, #justsayin."

Then, this: "Everybody please follow my good friend and the person who knocked me silly last night, Philly Eagles linebacker @stewbradley."

Yesterday, Bradley reported he had gained 3,000 followers from the exchange.

"The guy must Tweet like, every 5 minutes. He has so many Tweets, it's crazy," Bradley said. "I took a [chance for a] hit on the field, he can take a little stab on Twitter. It's all right with me."

* The learning process continues for linebacker Ernie Sims. He did not register a tackle against the Bengals.

“After the game, I wasn’t disappointed, but the type of player that I am, I want my name to be heard out there, and it wasn’t heard but every play," Sims said. "I did my job, and I was pretty physical at the point of attack, and I did not have any MA’s out there. When I got the chance to watch the film, it made me feel a little bit better, but it’s still not where I want to be. When it comes game time, game one, I want to be on my P’s and Q’s.”

Sims conceded the defense he is playing in with the Eagles is much different than what he has experienced in the past.

"It’s a whole lot different, to be honest with you," he said. "Like I said in the past, I’ve played in several different defenses, the Tampa defense, [Detroit Lions head] coach [Jim] Schwartz’s defense, one year I played just WILL linebacker, then some years I played left or right, so I played SAM and WILL. In this defense, I’m playing primarily WILL linebacker. It’s really the same front that I’ve had in the past.

"The last game was a good game for me; they gave us a lot of different looks, a lot of different run plays that we didn’t get a chance to go over in practice. Thank God it’s the preseason, it gives me a good chance to do see that now, but when it comes to game time, I’m ready.”

* Sure, it's only the preseason, but with the season opener now less than 3 weeks away, it's hard not to notice what Aaron Rodgers' and Green Bay's first-team offense has done in the first two games.

In six possessions -- four against Cleveland and two against Seattle -- the first team has four long touchdown drives, measuring 84, 72, 71 and 76 yards. In 2 1/2 quarters, Rodgers is 20 for 24 passes for 275 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions for a passer rating of 154.0.

The starters gained 137 yards in 17 plays against Seattle. Last week, the net was 173 yards in 20 plays. The total is 310 yards in 37 plays (8.4 yards per play).

The other thing to watch is the play of tight end Jermichael Finley, who is becoming a popular target. Obviously, stopping the tight end has long been a sore point for the Eagles. That will be tested in Week 1 come Sept. 12.

* Former Eagle Shawn Andrews will take part in his first practice with the Giants today, but whether he works as a tackle or a guard has not been decided.

" We’re talking about that right now. I’m not really done talking about that, so I’m going to hold off on that," coach Tom Coughlin told reporters yesterday. "You can hit me with that one tomorrow, but we’re going to get him on the practice field tomorrow, which will be a good thing, and work him a little. He hasn’t practiced in quite a while, but he is in pretty good shape, so we feel like we’re going to be able to move forward with Shawn."

Guards Chris Snee (knee) and Rich Seubert (hand) are expected to return to practice, so there might be more opportunity for Andrews at tackle.

* Brian Westbrook was in full pads and took part in pregame warmups, but did not play for the 49ers against the Vikings last night. Starter Frank Gore also did not play.

Rookie Anthony Dixon followed his 100-yard rushing performance in the preseason opener with 51 yards on 20 carries. Westbrook presumably will move past Dixon o nthe depth chart with some more practice time, but it seems likely that Dixon would carry a heavy load if Gore were sidelined during the regular season.

* A little ex-Eagle on ex-Eagle damage during the Rams-Browns game the other night. Rams QB A.J. Feeley injured his right thumb on a TD pass when he was hit by Browns linebacker Chris Gocong. X-rays were negative, according to reports, and Feeley is execpted to be available Thursday night against New England.

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