- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 6, 2003

Walk a mile …

The Redskins definitely didn’t find a fallback plan for field goals in the warmup period before the afternoon practice.

Kicker John Hall, long snapper Ethan Albright and holder Bryan Barker bided some time by exchanging roles. The results weren’t pretty. With Barker snapping, Hall holding and the 6-foot-5, 265-pound Albright (a k a “Big Red” and “the Red Snapper”) doing the kicking, the trio executed with all the precision of a drunken baboon.

Albright didn’t scare the goal posts with his low-flying knuckleballs, but he did scare Barker, nearly doinking the punter as he ducked for cover.

Hello, sir

Running back Trung Canidate showed some brakes to go with his wheels yesterday. Popped out of bounds by safety Ifeanyi Ohalete, Canidate surged toward the crowd on the sideline and stopped short of a spectator in a chair. With Canidate looming over him, the spectator gave a little fist pump.

Canidate has looked increasingly sharp in recent practices, and by camp’s end he might have shown enough to earn the starting job. It’ll be interesting to see how he holds up against Carolina’s superb defensive line Saturday night.

More important than football

A hot topic was Monday night’s frightening neck injury to Kansas City lineman Willie Jones. Jones fell to the turf late in the first half of the Chiefs’ 9-0 win over Green Bay and lay motionless for nearly 10 minutes, unable to feel his arms or legs.

Jones remained hospitalized yesterday with a sprained neck, but he has regained the feeling in his body and is expected to be released today. That was welcome news among several Redskins, well aware just how fragile NFL careers can be.

“When you’re done playing, most of us are only 30-something years old. That’s just a third of your life,” hard-hitting safety Matt Bowen said. “Everyone’s praying for him and hoping he gets better.”

Mark Zuckerman and Jody Foldesy

OVERHEARD

“We don’t need to bounce them off the tight ends, or we look pretty stupid throwing to tight ends.”

— Coach Steve Spurrier on how the tight end corps won’t get many passes behind the receivers.

“I want to hit somebody else. I know these guys up and down.”

— Cornerback Fred Smoot, growing tired of practicing against teammates.

BY THE NUMBERS

355

Pounds listed for offensive lineman Rod Jones’ weight, making him the Redskins’ heaviest player.

172

Pounds listed for wide receiver Sean Dillard’s weight, making him the team’s lightest player.

TODAY’S SCHEDULE

Full-squad practice scheduled from 9 to 11 a.m. Gates at Redskin Park open at 8 a.m. Go to www.redskins.com or call 703/726-7411 for directions and daily updates.

TODAY’S WEATHER

Partly cloudy. High: 86 degrees. Chance of rain: 20 percent.

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