Jim Zorn spoke to the media and then to a smaller group of reporters earlier this afternoon at Lucas Oil Stadium. Here are some of the highlights.
Right guard Randy Thomas is recovering from an early January neck surgery. I’m trying to get specific word on what was repaired but Zorn said Thomas was experiencing some numbness. Our guess is that a disk was pinching against the spine.
Zorn doesn’t expect cornerback DeAngelo Hall or left guard Pete Kendall to be re-signed before they become unrestricted free agents on Feb. 27 but said the Redskins want to bring both players back.
Despite an $8 million salary and a bad 2008 season, Jason Taylor might be back. “We hope to have him back,” Zorn said.
Zorn ruled out drafting a punter for the second consecutive year.
Receiver Malcolm Kelly underwent knee surgery after the season and Zorn hopes to have back for OTAs but Kelly will be monitored during training camp so he won’t be overworked.
Zorn made it seem like the Redskins want to be active in free agency but would not divulge specific needs although he said he’s determined to bring back the offensive line that started in 2008.
Zorn doesn’t expect Jason Campbell’s contract to be a distraction for the quarterback. Campbell’s deal expires after 2009 and he would obviously like an extension before the season starts.
I’ll be back later with a more extended post.