- The Washington Times - Friday, July 25, 2008

THE BUZZ

Devin Thomas DOWN

Top draft pick out 10-14 days with pulled right hamstring

LaRon Landry DOWN

Last year’s first-rounder also sidelined with tweaked hamstring

The weather UP

Sunny and not too hot or humid, what’s not to like?

Shaun Suisham DOWN

Doinked one of his two a.m. field goal tries off the right post

SEEN AND HEARD

Two days after having his quarterbacks pelt each other with large silver dodgeballs as they tried to throw passes, coach Jim Zorn had them pounding each other with blocking pads. Zorn said “the bag drill” is designed to simulate traffic in the pocket. However, the coach wasn’t thrilled that starter Jason Campbell and backup Todd Collins spent a few minutes hitting each other in the head with the pads. Stay below the shoulders, boys.

QUOTABLE

“He’s mellow. He’s not a big voice, but he makes a statement when he’s on the field.”

Redskins coach Jim Zorn on rookie receiver Malcolm Kelly

LONG SHOT OF THE DAY

LB DANNY VERDUN-WHEELER 6-2, 244 Georgia

Since the Redskins’ returning backup linebackers have combined for one start, there should be a job to be won. However, Khary Campbell is the top special teams tackler, H.B. Blades showed promise as a 2007 draft pick, and Matt Sinclair hustled his way from summer long shot to the playoff roster. So even though Verdun-Wheeler has the size and played on the practice squad at the end of last season, it will be hard for him to win a spot. Verdun-Wheeler does have the right alma mater because ex-Bulldogs Phillip Daniels, Demetric Evans, Chris Clemons and Nic Clemons all have played on the defense since coordinator Greg Blache joined the Redskins in 2004. A good camp could land Verdun-Wheeler on the practice squad.

— David Elfin

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