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Sunday, July 29, 2007

July 29-- Rain comes, Landry doesn't

Fan Appreciation day was washed out when a nasty storm cell came through Ashbrun right around practice time, so the fans were sent home.. There is a second fan appreciation day scheduled for Wednesday night.. Joe Gibbs apologized to the fans but felt safety was necessary first..

The practice was delayed for about an hour and fifteen minutes and the team only spent about 55 minutes on the turf when the rain started again..

The Offense was a little more crisp on the turf then they had been in recent days and (while this is always just perception) Joe Gibbs and Gregg Williams were particularly spunky today, this was as vocal as they have been during any of the first four practices of camp..

There are two practices tomorrow here at the Park..

G Randy Thomas was held out of practice, he received a cortisone shot in his surgically repaired knee and that will keep him off the field for at least a couple more days..

During practice today, Vet Jason Fabini was used in 9-9 and 11-11 drills as the starting right guard in place of Thomas.. Through the first three practices Will Whittacker manned that spot.. Whittacker was a player who one source told me the team likes very much, but needs to get tougher.. This is the first sign he hasn’t quite gotten to the point the coaches want yet..

LB Marcus Washington “felt something” and was held out of practice.. Washington admits he is coming into camp not at 100%, he had serious hip surgery in the off-season and is going to periodically rest during camp with the hopes of being fresh by the regular season..

WR Brandon Lloyd appeared to have a slight limp during the offensive drills, he twinged something after one 11-11 play but did not miss a rep, just something to watch..

Rookie TE Tyler Ecker has a strained groin and did not practice..

LB HB Blades and DE Bryant Shaw both returned to practice after missing yesterday’s second practice with cramps…

S Laron Landry remains unsigned despite Adrian Peterson, the 7th overall pick coming to terms with Minnesota yesterday.. Joe Gibbs continues to say he believes a deal with get done “any second” and said that he would be surprised if it isn’t completed this evening..

Among practice changes that came to camp, a number of the suggestions apparently came from the players, there was no specification, however while the coaches have demanded a longer and supposedly “tougher” camp (although the latter part if arguable to this point), the players have continued to have a good amount of say of how day to day regimens are treated.. The players sought and received the coaches blessing to use more of the off-season away from Redskins Park.. In turn the coaches said the team would return earlier and would have more intense practices.. Now comes the revelation that some of the drill work was from the players suggestions.. It’s an interesting look at a team that has no qualms with communication about how preparation should be handled.. Not all coaches would be as amenable..

OK men..


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