The Washington Times - July 24, 2008, 06:33PM


Redskins Training Camp — Day Five



John Pappas



This injury bug reared its head again at training camp with Devin Thomas and LaRon Landry suffering hamstring injuries and Chris Wilson Straining his left calf.


Thomas suffered the more serious of the injuries when he injured his right hamstring while trying to catch a deep sideline pass.  He stayed down for some time, writhing in pain, until being carted off.  According to Coach Zorn, Thomas is expected out for 14 days when the team will reassess the injury.


According to Zorn, LaRon Landry suffered a mild strain to his left hamstring on Wednesday.  While Zorn does not believe it to be serious, he expects Landry to miss a few days at least.


Chris Wilson strained his left calf performing an agility drill in this morning’s session.  He missed the afternoon session and the team has given recent update as to his status.


The team held two practices today.  The morning session was open to the public and with the pleasant weather in Ashburn a lot of fans came out to cheer on the team.   Practice lasted two and one-half hours approximately.  The afternoon session lasted just over an hour and featured a majority of 11-on-11 practice.


For the second consecutive day, I thought the offense got the best of it.  Jason Campbell looked improved today, connecting with receivers on deep seam, crossing, and sideline routes.  Todd Collins however, seemed to take a step back getting intercepted twice in the morning session once in the evening.


•    Chad Rinehart had to go up against Jason Taylor today.  On one play Taylor bull-rushed him back to the quarterback.  Taylor did this so quickly that he actually had to stop pushing Rinehart and pull his hands before he hit the quarterback.

•    Stephon Heyer did a good job of blocking on Andre Carter.

•    Matt Sinclair put a hit on Ladell Betts during 11-on-11s.

•    Marcus Mason had a very good run on a play where he cut back and scored on a sweep in which he flat out ran the defense to the corner of the end zone.

•    Clinton Portis thought he had a touchdown on a run until Coach Zorn came up and disagreed saying, “No, you were down right there at the 1.” Portis tried to argue his plight but to no avail.

•    One of the quarterback drills this morning consisted of four people standing around the quarterback and throwing big workout pads at him while he takes the snap, sets, and throws.

•    The afternoon session started out with the quarterbacks practicing running routes and catching passes from Coach Jim Zorn.

•    Shawn Springs played some safety today.  As I concluded my interview with him I heard another writer ask him if he feels like he can convert to safety and extend his career at some point.  “Yes,” said Springs.

•    Coach Zorn said the scrimmage this weekend “will be very fast, so fans need to watch quickly.”