Coach Jim Zorn was unhappy but resigned that running back Clinton Portis, fullback Mike Sellers, linebacker London Fletcher and safety LaRon Landry weren’t on hand for the start of organized team activities on Monday.
Given their no-shows today, the quartet might well not be here until training camp starts in late July.
Zorn said the eccentric Portis is “doing his thing” and that Fletcher, Sellers, Landry — who unlike Portis skipped the entire offseason conditioning program — were just absent.
“Some of the other guys, this is a voluntary deal,” Zorn said.
The disappointing thing is that all four absentees were on hand for minicamp over the weekend so attending the OTAs wouldn’t have required an extra trip, as will be the case for the June sessions.
Landry and Portis, whose contract required him to be here for conditioning, have never been regular participants. Sellers is moody. Fletcher’s absence is the problematic one since he is an unquestioned team leader and a role model.
Sellers and Fletcher will both be 34 before camp and the odds of them getting new, more lucrative contracts are not that high no matter how well they played last season. Sellers made his first Pro Bowl and Fletcher certainly made a case for Hawaii.
Injured receivers Santana Moss (shin splints) and James Thrash (neck) weren’t at the Park after being on hand for minicamp, but since they can’t practice, it wasn’t an issue.
Cornerback Carlos Rogers was in sweats but didn’t practice because of swelling in his right knee. That’s not good news since Rogers made it through all of 2008 without any swelling in the knee in which he tore two ligaments in 2007. This is the first setback that Rogers, who’s in his contract year, has had with the knee since he was hurt.
- David Elfin