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The pads were popping today at steamy Redskin Park. The first workout in full gear went from 8:30 to 10:45 a.m. and the starters got a ton of work in offense vs. defense. Most of those players will be off the field this afternoon when a special teams practice is held.

Couple of notes:

*OL Mike Williams and Rueben Riley both left practice early to get some extra fluids. Williams made it through nearly the entire practice, though.

*CB Carlos Rogers (calf) did not take part in any of the team work but said he’ll be on the field Sunday morning.

*FB Eddie Williams (hamstring) sat out and RB Dominque Dorsey (cramps) returned to practice after missing yesterday.

*The practice was extended by one section — third-down reps — because of yesterday’s rainout.

*The defense is clearly ahead of the offense, especially up front. The team work should have done nothing to ease anybody’s concern about the offensive line.

*Jim Zorn singled out Phillip Daniels as having a solid practice. I thought Malcolm Kelly flashed at times and the secondary was getting their hands on a lot of passes.

*OLB/DE Brian Orakpo is fast. Period. He whipped around the offensive tackles on a few plays. He did not participate in the DL vs. OL one-on-one drills, instead working on coverage with the linebackers.

*Daniels took several reps at DT during the OL vs. DL session, another indication he’ll slide from DE to DT on third down this season.

*Best catch of the day was by Kelly, who twisted and turned and jumped to make a grab. TE Chris Cooley also made a diving reception.

*CB Kevin Barnes broke up a pass that was intercepted by LB Robert Thomas.

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