After digesting the news for some time, it seems to me that there are several advantages to what happened. I know I haven't been the first to mention some of these, but let's begin: 1. There's the argument that Rodney couldn't hold up to a full season of banging heads and shoulders anyway. We need this warrior for the later stretch of the season. He'll be back highly motivated and healthy. He laid down some big hits in the preseason, and it doesn't hurt that he gets some extra time to heal from his past injuries. In a way, he gets to work his way back in a more measured way. This has to prove a physical benefit to him. 2. Extra Roster spot. It seems that we're facing some unpleasant decisions today (as are other teams.) It never hurts to get the chance to carry an extra guy for a few games. 3. Extra playing time for others down the depth chart. Meriweather will get more playing time. Sanders certainly will. And we should be able to get good looks at Mel Mitchell and Willie Andrews (assuming they both make the squad.) We need to prepare our depth for a long season where we will hopefully be going deeeeep into the playoffs. 4. The early games are hard to guage anyway. I'm not sure that the "strong" teams will be as strong early in the season. Every team has to work their way into season rhythms. View these four games as a chance to hold out a valuable player to protect him from injury, just as coaches do during the preseason. 5. We've been without Rodney for much of the last couple years. Where's the change? How will this team skip a beat? We've got the horses back their folks; I think we can play some of our depth for the first few games. edited for spelling.