The Redskins’ third section of organized team activities started today at steamy Redskin Park. Workouts today through Thursday cap the on-field work and the team is off until reporting for training camp July 29.
* Absent from the workout were defensive tackles Albert Haynesworth and Anthony Montgomery, linebacker Cody Glenn, receiver James Thrash and safety LaRon Landry.
Haynesworth was in Tennessee for a court date relating to his two traffic misdemeanors. Montgomery (unknown reason) and Glenn (missed flight) were excused. Thrash (neck) remains out and coach Jim Zorn said he has yet to talk to Landry. “I hope every day [he shows up],” Zorn said.
* Big right tackle Mike Williams got caught up in a pile during 11 on 11 work and jammed his knee into the ground. Zorn doesn’t think the injury is serious.
* During a two-minute drill to wrap up practice, defensive ends Brian Orakpo and Andre Carter had their way getting around tackles Jeremy Bridges and Stephon Heyer.
* The Redskins worked on kickoff returns but it appears special teams coach Danny Smith has big changes to account for the elimination of 3- and 4-man wedges. The four blockers remain linemen with a player like Mike Sellers or Todd Yoder occasionally part of the drills.
* One drill had quarterbacks throwing long passes to defensive backs.
“A ball machine throws it exactly to the same place every time,” Zorn said. “The quarterbacks will throw it a little behind and in front and make those guys work for the catch. Those are drills we can do because it’s hard to get a lot of reps like that during training camp and the season. It’s a hard drill because you’re moving at full speed.”
* Zorn said he did not suffer the kind of triceps injury that Brett Favre is trying to overcome. Which brought up this question: How long after he retired was he convinced he could no longer do it?
“Probably about six months ago,” Zorn joked. “You always feel like, ‘I’ve still got it.’ But my ankle has not performed very well even walking. I knew many years ago I was done. In my mind, I feel fresh and feel I can throw and I don’t throw with the velocity but still hit what I’m throwing at.”
* During a press conference, the Redskins and Virginia Lottery unveiled their joint promotion ticket. A spokesperson said a projected $8 million will go to state public schools during the first year of the contest, which starts in early August. The price of your Redskins scratch ticket: $20.