- The Washington Times - Saturday, August 4, 2007

Having flourished during nine months of rehabilitation, several offseason practices and the first eight days of training camp, today is huge for Washington Redskins safety Pierson Prioleau.

He gets to hit somebody.

Prioleau sustained a torn ACL in his right knee during the opening kickoff of last year’s first regular season game. The scrimmage against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T; Bank Stadium will be his first live contact since the Redskins have done very little hitting and zero tackling through eight days of training camp.

“It’s going to be interesting because it will be live and it will be full out and against another team,” he said. “I’m anxious about it and excited about it at the same time because I know it’s going to be my first real test.”

Prioleau said he wouldn’t have been ready to play in a game about six weeks ago.

“That would have been a forced situation and I wouldn’t have been 100 percent,” he said. “But now, if we had a game Sunday, I’d be ready to go.”

Prioleau is wearing a compression sleeve on the knee but not a brace.

“A little bit of it is a mind-set, but it has a lot to do with restriction,” he said. “I want to be able to run and I know the brace will restrict that.”

Prioleau has participated in all 11 camp practices.

“Every single day he gets more confident,” assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams said. “Him playing in the trenches, those are the things he has to get over. He has overcome everything else so far. … His movement’s great, his strength is great and now he has to take a shot on it to understand how strong it is. The scrimmage will be a hurdle for him.”

Scrimmage plan similar

Today’s scrimmage will follow the format used the last two seasons: kickoff return/coverage, 7-on-7 passing drills (15-play sets) and, starting around 1:10 p.m., several 10-play sets of 11-on-11.

The coaches met yesterday afternoon to determine the quarterback rotation and how much the starters will play.

“On the 11-on-11, we don’t like to say because I don’t want the players to know how long they’re going to go,” coach Joe Gibbs said. “We’ll program the whole thing out but I want everybody to think they’re going to go.”

Yesterday’s practice was used to semi-game plan for the Ravens.

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