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Monday, July 30, 2007

July 30-- Samuels hurt, Landry signs

T Chris Samuels got rolled up on during team drills in the second practice of the day and suffered an injury to the MCL in his right knee.. At the time I am writing this, the team was taking him to get an MRI to find out the severity, and after they will discuss a timeframe.. Joe Salave’a ended up hitting him low which caused the injury.. Samuels said upon leaving the building that he thought his season was over but he knows now he’ll be fine.. He suffered the same injury against Miami a few years ago when Junior Seau kicked him in the knee and trainer Bubba Tyer believes the old injury left the knee “loose.”
Who the Skins practice at left tackle starting tomorrow will be interesting, Todd Wade is probably their best tackle prospect, but they have committed to turning him into LG.. So maybe it will be Tyler Whitley or Jason Fabini.. Fabini has spent the bulk of work at practice as a back-up at RG in place of the injured Randy Thomas..

Other injuries: FB Pete Schmidt will undergo an MRI after suffering a rotator cuff injury in the afternoon session.. WR Mike Espy was held out of the afternoon practice with a bruised knee, he is day to day.. LB Marcus Washington practiced in the morning but not in the afternoon resting a sore hip.. G Randy Thomas was held out of both practices after receiving a cortisone shot yesterday.. He is coming off an off-season knee scope and won’t be pushed through the summer.. Thomas did some running on the side and may do some individual drills tomorrow but will not return to full practice until later in the week.. LB Dallas Sartz has a mild hamstring strain and was held out of both practices.. LB HB Blades missed the early practice still suffering from cramps but returned for the afternoon session.. TE Tyler Ecker remains out with a strained groin..

S Laron Landry had his flight to Washington delayed.. He was in the process of signing his contract this evening and is expected to practice tomorrow afternoon.. The 6th overall pick received a 5 year deal worth 41 million with 17 and a half million in signing bonus.. Gregg Williams and Joe Gibbs both praised Landry’s work in OTA’s to suggest he won’t be too far behind.. Williams said he would “sequester” Landry for a few days to help him catch up to what has already been installed..

Williams held his first media session of the summer saying the defense was embarrassed by their performance a year ago and refused to use injuries as an excuse, “I’m not going down that road.” He suggested he’s a better coach due to the adversity and the team has responded with the right attitude to re-prove they aren’;t as bad as they were a year ago.. Williams admitted he had to change some of the things he wanted to do based on injury (mainly Shawn Springs and Cornelious Griffin) but again, suggested the performance was at issue, not the manpower..

Joe Gibbs spoke on the passing of former 49ers head coach Bill Walsh saying his legacy is the west coast offense which is still being utilized by some teams around the league and said “had we been able to beat them at their place, we might have been to a couple more Super Bowls.” Gibbs son Coy played for Walsh at Stanford but Gibbs said he didn’t know Bill very well.. Vinny Cerrato worked for nine years in the 49ers organization before coming to Washington, he called Walsh an innovator.. Andre Carter was part of Walsh’s last draft class when he was a consultant with the team, Carter said when Walsh walked into the room, everyone shut up and listened, “Bill Walsh was NFL football.”

Jason Campbell was as sharp as he has been since camp began.. Gibbs pointed out how he liked the deep shots Campbell was hitting.. The thing that has stuck out to me the first couple of days was Campbell adeptness of hitting the out pattern to Santana Moss, he has been able to thread a couple of those in, a very good sign.. Still, Campbell’s play has been spotty, but Gibbs said the timing often takes a few practices to sure up..

Former Skins linebacker Mike Barrow has been here the past few days doing an “internship” with Gregg Williams.. He is the new Linebackers coach at the University of Miami..
Williams ripped new LB’s Dallas Sartz and HB Blades for “not knowing how to practice.” Both missed some time today based on not understanding hydrating themselves and being succeptable to cramping.. Blades returned in the afternoon, but Sartz is out with a mild hamstring strain..
The team released kicker Tyler Frederickson who one reporter told me she saw him talking back to Danny Smith yesterday.. She claimed he was asked to do something that he believed he'd never practcied before.. Smith didn't agree.. Tight end Jake Nordin was signed to take his roster spot..


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