Coach Jim Zorn said that defensive end Phillip Danieis, who injured his left knee on the first play of 7 on 7 drills this morning, had “a bit of a hyperextension. We’re trying to get him an MRI to see if there’s any other damage. Right now, we’ll just say it’s a sprained knee and we don’t know to what degree.”
Defensive end Phillip Daniels, a starter since signing with Washington in 2004, went down with an apparently serious left knee injury on the first play of 7 on 7 drills during the opening practice of training camp.
Daniels lay on the ground being examined by the Redskins‘ medical staff for several minutes before being helped to his feet and then to a transport cart. Andre Carter and Anthony Montgomery came over to encourage their linemate before he was transported up the hill to the training room. His condition remains unknown.
The 35-year-old Daniels came to camp in great shape after returning to his bodybuilding regimen for the first time in several offseasons. With Erasmus James, acquired in June from Minnesota not practicing as he recuperates from knee surgery last fall, the Redskins would be very thin at end without Daniels.
Demetric Evans replaced Daniels in this morning’s drills. The only other ends on the roster are Carter, Chris Wilson (16 games with Washington in 2007), Kevin Huntley (five games with Oakland in 2006 and five with Atlanta in 2007), Alex Buzbee (Redskins practice squad in 2007) and seventh-round pick Rob Jackson.