Practice was pretty light this morning, and it was over by 9:45. Jim Zorn said he might have been a little overzealous in his planning when he orginally scheduled two practices today, but he expects a much tougher day tomorrow. Here are some notes from the session:
*Anthony Montgomery told us he expects to miss 2-4 weeks with the broken hand. A team official yesterday said he was expected to be out 10 days, but Montgomery said he will have surgery tomorrow and hopes to be practicing in two weeks.
*Eric Shelton suffered a stinger in yesterday’s scrimmage, so he was held out of practice today. That brought the number of guys who didn’t participate to 10, and that’s not including the two defensive ends who were lost for the season on Day 1 or the two guys who were injured and then subsequently cut. It has been a rough first eight days for this team.
*The other new guy besides Zarnell Fitch is offensive guard Fred Matua, who was a seventh-round pick out of USC by the Lions in 2006 but was cut before the season started. He spent 10 weeks of 2006 on Cleveland’s 53-man roster but did not see any action.
*Zorn said the punting battle between Derrick Frost and sixth-round pick Durrant Brooks has been even so far.
*Each team will be allowed to have two defensive players with an audio device in their helmets similar to what the quarterbacks use, but only one can be in the game at the same time. London Fletcher will be the main guy for the Redskins defense, but Zorn said no second player will be designated, in part because Fletcher does not leave the field very often. He did mention H.B. Blades when talking about how Fletcher won’t play much in the preseason, so someone will have to be able to hear signals from the sideline.