- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 15, 2002

Dog days
Tempers were short. Linebacker LaVar Arrington was dehydrated. It felt like 98 degrees.
And that was the morning session.
The dog days of training camp finally arrived yesterday for the Washington Redskins on the final day of two-a-days. Players won't leave camp until a closed workout tomorrow, but the final public session this afternoon will be welcomed by players.
"I'll be glad to sleep in my own bed, in my own AC and be around my own friends," offensive tackle Chris Samuels said, "but the people here treat us so well, I don't mind being here."
Said receiver Rod Gardner: "These last few days have been serious. I'm ready for the end. I'm ready for camp to be over, go back home, get a chance to rest and be in my own home."
Coach Steve Spurrier likes to joke about reports that he runs a "country club" camp. Sure, if the country is Bosnia. Maybe the Redskins didn't have near as many full-contact workouts as predecessor Marty Schottenheimer last year, but the team always practiced twice aside from getaway or arrival days and one rainout. The team has today's morning session off for the first time to watch film and prepare to depart.
"I wouldn't say it's easier, I would say different," said offensive tackle Jon Jansen. "We're still getting our work done."
Spurrier ended the morning session 15 minutes early as a concession to the heat. He joked that it was cooler when he coached at Florida because it rained many afternoons.
Sure enough, it was 96 degrees at Biddle Field when the afternoon practice started, with a 101-degree heat index, and only 84 degrees in Jacksonville, Fla., that felt like 95. It was still short of the 117-degree heat index during the July23 practice.

Need a ride?
Running back Robert Gillespie's bike is so small, clowns might use it in a circus. Seems it was the last one when players cleaned out a local department store for bikes to ride between the field, dining hall and dorms.
Most adult bikes have wheels ranging from 20 to 26 inches in diameter. Gillespie's wheels are just eight inches. The ice pack on his knee hit the handlebars as he pedaled.
"At least nobody will steal it," he said jokingly.

Extra points
Players enjoyed a rare night out yesterday, but offensive tackle Chris Samuels was playing the new "Madden 2003" on his PlayStation2 in the dorm. Samuels is a fanatical video game enthusiast and couldn't wait to play the game obtained between practices. Samuels always plays with Philadelphia.
mSafety Sam Shade leveled running back Ladell Betts on a running play up the middle.
Cornerback Darrell Green gained the biggest applause during the morning session after intercepting an underthrown pass by quarterback Danny Wuerffel intended for Betts. Offensive tackle Reggie Coleman bellybopped Green at the goal line to prevent a touchdown.
Rookie tight end Robert Royal continues to stand out as a pass-catcher, but it's obvious he needs better blocking skills and refinement. In one drill, position coach Lawson Holland had the tight ends fake a block and then run a quick pattern, but Royal skipped the fake and ran straight into the pattern.
Young defensive end Ladairis Jackson is getting plenty of reps as he works his way up the depth chart. He got some right defensive end snaps in place of Bruce Smith, who sat out the afternoon, and saw significant time in the nickel package after LaVar Arrington became dehydrated and left. Jackson had four sacks in the opening win over San Francisco.

At a Glance
Today's practice: 4 p.m.
Weather:
93 degrees, sunny
Injuries:
LT Chris Samuels (knee) will miss at least two games. DT Daryl Gardener (back) is out against Pittsburgh on Sunday. TE Zeron Flemister (calf) and LB Antonio Pierce (ankle) didn't practice. LB LaVar Arrington (dehydration), DT Carl Powell (dehydration) and CB Darrell Green (shoulder) missed the afternoon workout.
Rick Snider and Jody Foldesy

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