Newsy morning at Redskins Park

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(We’re combining a few of Corey’s and David’s blog posts since the Web site was doing its best Rod Gardner impersonation this morning. Thanks again for your patience)

Corey’s reportint that tight end Todd Yoder and defensive lineman Lorenzo Alexander were both excused from the team today for personal reasons. Yoder is with his family to mourn the death of his grandmother, while Alexander’s wife is in the process of giving birth.

Some other notes:

* Defensive end Erasmus James passed a physical and was activated off the physically unable to perform list. He took part in some individual drills at practice.

* District native Kevin Huntley was released. The defensive end from Archbishop Carroll and Kansas State has 11 NFL games and 13 tackles to his credit between stops in Oakland and Atlanta. Huntley had just one assisted tackle in two preseason games for the Redskins.

* Wideout Devin Thomas participated fully this morning, even flopping on the ground to corral a deflected pass. Coach Zorn said it is possible he could play Saturday against the Jets.

* Safety Chris Horton returned to practice, but is not back to full speed yet because of a colon infection.
* Cornerback/free safety Shawn Springs did not practice. Zorn said his calf tightened up a little during the game Saturday.

* Zorn said the team is trying to re-sign undrafted free agent defensive lineman Dorian Smith to replace Kevin Huntley on the roster.

Meanwhile, David Elfin opined this morning on two interesting NFL signings that were made Sunday.

* The Super Bowl champion New York Giants, who play host to the Redskins in the season opener in 24 days, signed safety Stuart Schweigert, who washed out here after less than two months because he wouldn’t hit anyone. Are the Giants really interested in the former Oakland Raider or they seeking information on how the defense is different under Greg Blache than it was under Gregg Williams (LaVar Arrington spilled the latter’s beans to them in 2006).

* And the Pittsburgh Steelers, who visit Landover on Monday Night Football on the eve of the presidential election, signed District native Byron Leftwich as a potential backup for quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Again — are the Steelers seriously interested in Leftwich, who has been on the market for months, or are they looking for information on Jacksonville which upset them in the playoffs and employed Leftwich from 2003-06. (editor’s note: Charlie Batch did break his collar bone on Friday, and Big Ben’s backup is expected to miss four to six weeks).

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