It seemed improbable that first-round pick Kaleb McGary would suit up in the preseason after undergoing a cardiac ablation procedure during training camp, but, barring any hesitation by the team's doctors, it appears he will be ready to go on Thursday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
McGary returned to practice in a full capacity on Sunday ahead of the team's preseason finale. Coach Dan Quinn relayed a positive message about McGary's performance throughout his rehab and on the field during the week, and he continued to be optimistic about the rookie's status for the game.
"We're going to go back in and visit now, but he hit all of the markers," Quinn said after Tuesday's practice. "That was the goal, so we're looking forward to getting him to see his first action ... I'm planning on Kaleb playing unless I hear different. He had an awesome week, and I know he's excited. I'm excited, too."
Quinn made certain to say that nothing had been officially finalized with McGary's game status and that he was meeting with the training staff after practice to make that determination. At this point, however, things appear to be looking good for the rookie right tackle.