[Juan Nicasio] had surgery on his C-1 vertebrae this morning and is resting comfortably. More at 3:30 PM today.
Caron Butler was covered in sweat a couple hours before tipoff Thursday as he went through a rigorous workout on the court at the Rose Garden.
He finished it with a strong one-handed dunk.
Butler was moving well, but he still lacks enough strength in his lateral movement to be cleared for contact drills.
Spurs Injury Report
Spurs forward Tim Duncan had an MRI today which confirmed that he has a sprained left ankle. He will not accompany the team on its upcoming three-game road-trip (Denver, Portland and Memphis). Instead he'll remain in San Antonio for treatment and rehabilitation. A timeline for his return has not yet been determined.
"If the playoffs come tomorrow, are we ready for it?," asked Samuelsson, who has eight goals and is on pace for just 17 compared to a career-high 30 last season. "I don't know. If you ask guys around the lockerroom if they feel good about themselves, it's maybe half the team. We have to improve as a team like that. We have to believe in each other and to know what to do in all situations. That's how I look at. We've been winning a lot of games, but have we been improving as a team? That's what we've got to ask ourselves."
John landed awkwardly on his back during training with the national team, which resulted in back spasms.
He was assessed by their medical team and has returned to Chelsea. We'll continue to monitor his progress over the next few days.
Spitter injured with strained plantar muscle. Not too serious. He's expected to miss 7 to 10 days. A minor setback.
Cal coach Jeff Tedford said freshman tight end Jacob Wark broke his ankle last Thursday in practice and is out for the season. Wark should get a medical redshirt.
Saints rookie TE Jimmy Graham (ankle) is expected to miss the team's second preseason game.
Graham was injured in the exhibition opener and still hasn't returned. It won't help the promising third-round pick's chances of playing in real games soon.
Saints Punter Thomas Morstead injured his shoulder while trying to make a tackle in Thursday's preseason opener against the Patriots and did not return.
PK Garrett Hartley punted in Morstead's place on the following series (he boomed it 52 yards), and it is being reported that Morstead will not return to the game.
UPDATE: X-rays were negative on Saints P Thomas Morstead's shoulder, and he was cleared to return to Thursday's game.
The Saints got a scare when their punter and kickoff specialist Morstead went down early the game, but it sounds like he's good to go for next week. Morstead was the only Saints player with any luck tackling Julian Edelman Thursday night.