Surgery likely for Leftwich 

November, 16, 2006
The usually cheery Byron Leftwich was a little grumpy Thursday. He refused to discuss his injured ankle, telling reporters he won't say anything about the ankle until next Tuesday. That gave everyone the thought Leftwich is probably going to have surgery that will end his season. Leftwich got a second opinion, and it's pretty apparent he needs surgery on the ankle to clean up a few loose things that are limiting its flexibility. The sad part is he believes he could still play despite the injury, but his starting job is in David Garrard's hands.

Daunte's inferno: Even though Daunte Culpepper is getting closer to being able to practice on his knee, odds still don't favor him being on the field. Culpepper said Thursday he still has a sharp pain in the knee at times when he pushes off. Culpepper says he's trying to strengthen his quad muscle and he's starting to get some explosion back in his running. Still, with the way Culpepper lost his starting job, he will have to patch up his relationship with coach Nick Saban. That might take some time.

A fresh starter? Art Shell says he hasn't made up his mind about his starting quarterback. Andrew Walter and Aaron Brooks shared snaps with the first team. Shell may wait until Sunday to announce the starter. Most people believe it will be Brooks as long as he doesn't show problems with the shoulder injury that has sidelined him since the opener. Shell, in some ways, is making Walter pay for criticizing offensive coordinator Tom Walsh's play calling and playbook.