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Thursday, August 09, 2007

August 9-- Portis to be examined again

RB Clinton Portis is going to be examined while the team is in Tennessee by Orthopedist Dr. James Andrews.. Joe Gibbs said Portis is “feeling better,” and believes the team is doing the right thing by continuing to rest him (he sat out of practice once again) in the hopes that his sore knee will feel better by the end of the month when the team prepares for their season opener against the Dolphins..

WR Brandon Lloyd was held out of practice (shin splints) and is not expected to play tomorrow in Tennessee.. WR James Thrash was limited in practice, Gibbs he said “he felt a little bit of something.” His status has yet to be determined for the Titans game..

Other guys not in practice: TE Tyler Ecker (groin), T Chris Samuels (knee), DT Vaka Manapuna (quad), Cb Jeremetrius Butler (hamstring).. None are expected to play against the Titans..

During the positional drills Shawn Springs made a remarkable one handed interception with his left hand as the ball was flying over his head and what appeared to be way out of reach.. Springs is in a much better physical position to be healthy then this time a year ago..

I spoke with Gregg Williams today, you will hear the interview on the Redskins pre-game show. Asked about him getting back into head coaching, he says it remains not a priority for him, that he still very much enjoys this group and working under Joe Gibbs.. Williams said you can expect a dramatic increase in team speed on his defense this year, something that has become readily apparent in practice through the first couple of weeks of camp..
I talked to Williams about dealing with the heat this last week and he told me when he first started coaching in Houston, they worked outside and one week the temps were up in the 120’s.. He said the coaching staff had to direct the players backs to a sign that flashed the daily temperature so that the players wouldn’t know what conditions they were running in..

Antwaan Randle-El said he will not be taking the punt return opportunities against the Titans.. John Eubanks and Byron Westbrook have been taking some of the punts in practice and may get a shot tomorrow night..

Joe Bugel said he has been “shocked” by how well undrafted rookie Stephon Heyer has emerged in camp and has a lot of confidence in the tackle performing well in his first NFL game.. Heyer essentially can win himself a job these next couple of weeks if he holds down the fort for Chris Samuels.. Have a bad performance and the team’s worst fears about depth on the O-line could be stark reality.

There is no set amount of time that the starters are expected to play even though Joe Gibbs has talked about opening up the playbook more this summer and getting Jason Campbell and the offense reps.. Gibbs will not reveal his initial game plan for how much time starters receive in pre-season games.. Asked if he feels like he needs to play a lot, Jason Campbell said he knows the offense needs to be on the field to work on their timing that can only be truly practiced against live competition..

Ok men..


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