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Right guard Randy Thomas sat out both practices yesterday with right knee soreness but isn’t worried about the injury being a multi-week problem.

“Just being smart about it and taking my time,” Thomas said. “I’ll be ready for Miami [Sept. 9].”

As an established veteran, Thomas is using the same strategy Santana Moss showed during the latter part of the offseason when he sat out the mini-camp with hamstring and groin problems.

“When you’ve been around this league long enough, you learn to take care of things early so you can be productive when it counts,” Moss said. “I needed the rest and healing time. If I was stupid, I would have gone out there and tried to fight through it.”

Thomas was one of four players who sat out the afternoon practice, joining tight end Tyler Ecker (groin), linebacker H.B. Blades (cramps) and defensive end Bryant Shaw (cramps).

Brunell not available

Since Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick was indicted on federal dogfighting charges and told to stay away from training camp by commissioner Roger Goodell, reports in Georgia have mentioned Redskins back-up Mark Brunell has a possible target.

Gibbs said to his knowledge, there have been no trade talks

“I wouldn’t guess we would want to get rid of a quarterback,” Gibbs said. “We like our quarterbacks.”

Brunell was Jacksonville’s starting quarterback when Falcons coach Bobby Petrino was a Jaguars assistant for three years, and has worked with quarterbacks coach Bill Musgrave with the Jaguars and Redskins.

Plenty of Portis

Redskins associate head coach Al Saunders expects running back Clinton Portis to be the team’s every-down back, increasing the likelihood he will become part of the passing game.

“And he’s the guy who will run the ball in those short-yardage situations,” Saunders said. “What you’d like not to do is running back-by-committee. Clinton catches the ball and runs routes a lot better than people give him credit for. If he can be an effective receiver and route-runner, we won’t be a one-dimensional team.”