- The Washington Times - Friday, August 16, 2002

CARLISLE, Pa. The public portion of Camp Spurrier wrapped up yesterday with players confident they had made significant progress without over-taxing themselves.

Many believe they were beat up after Marty Schottenheimer's camp last summer and felt it reflected in their poor preseason and 0-5 start to the regular season. This year those players think they worked in a more productive manner.

"If it came down to a fourth-quarter game [last season], we weren't going to win it because we didn't have any more gas," defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson said. "And if you're not smart in this heat, that's going to happen. Once your body gets down to a certain degree, it takes time to get it back."

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Said defensive end Bruce Smith: "I think [this camp] was extremely productive. I wouldn't say [we had] a great deal, but we had some intense practices. From a preparation standpoint, I think it was outstanding. And one of the most important things is, we didn't get too many people hurt. Anytime you can go into a season healthy, you're ahead of the game."

That said, the consensus among most players is that this camp wasn't easy. Practices were held almost every morning and afternoon, and one-a-days always ended with wind sprints. The difference was fewer sessions in pads and shorter practices.

"I think last year's camp was just a little harder, just a little more demanding," cornerback Fred Smoot said. "I don't think Spurrier has been lenient, but he's done it in a way that everybody's been happy and it's been a great camp."

That seemed to be the one thing all players agreed on, that everyone is happy. Linebacker LaVar Arrington, who got along well with the old regime, called this a "great camp."

"Just the mood, the atmosphere, how things have been handled, how the coaches relate to players, how the players relate to coaches," Arrington said. "Overall, it's been a great camp."

One final practice is scheduled this morning in Carlisle, but it is closed to the public and media. Players were hoping Spurrier might call it off at the last minute as a reward.

Injury report

Cornerback Darrell Green is questionable for Sunday night's preseason game against Pittsburgh after some "wear and tear" on his spine was discovered, trainer Dean Kleinschmidt said. A second MRI in Northern Virginia revealed no serious damage; his injury is considered neck soreness.

Defensive tackle Daryl Gardener will not play Sunday while he continues to receive treatment for back spasms. He has made some improvement, though, and will be re-evaluated tomorrow.

Kicker Brett Conway sat out practice with a hip flexor; his status for Sunday is unclear. Ruled out are linebacker Antonio Pierce (ankle), tight end Zeron Flemister (calf) and defensive lineman Sean Powell (abdomen).

Wide receiver Cliff Russell, who tore an ACL early in camp, underwent surgery and was placed on injured reserve. The move officially ends his season.

Extra points

The Redskins expect this to be their starting offensive line Sunday: right tackle Jon Jansen, right guard Ross Tucker, center Larry Moore, left guard Kipp Vickers and left tackle Rod Jones. Rookie tackle Reggie Coleman is playing confidently, line coach Kim Helton said, and should spell Jones early.

Spectators are reminded that security remains high for Sunday's game. They should arrive early and not bring large packages or bags such as backpacks or briefcases. All persons and belongings will be subject to search.

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