- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 12, 2004

Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor made yet another interception in practice yesterday but did so on the second string, his sterling performance Monday night apparently not enough to bump him to the starting unit.

Andre Lott continued to work with Matt Bowen on the first string. Taylor, the draft’s fifth overall pick, was running with the reserves in 9-on-9 drills when he sprinted from the middle of the field to the right sideline and picked off a pass by Patrick Ramsey.

There had been some speculation that Taylor’s ascent to the starting lineup might occur this week. After a string of dubious off-field decisions this offseason, Taylor had two interceptions in Washington’s 20-17 preseason victory over the Denver Broncos amd ran in the second for a 3-yard touchdown.

“He makes a lot of good plays,” coach Joe Gibbs said yesterday. “I’ll say this: Last week he practiced good [and] he played good. He keeps doing that, we’ll be OK.”

Taylor shunned another interview request after practice. He hasn’t spoken to the media since signing his seven-year, $18million contract four days before training camp opened.

Frustration with that deal led him to fire his agent team led by Jeff Moorad. This week Taylor re-signed agent Drew Rosenhaus, whom he had fired shortly after the draft. Taylor also drew a $25,000 fine this summer for skipping a day of the rookie symposium.

Springs sits

Cornerback Shawn Springs, who brought a history of injuries with him to Washington, sat out practice with what he described as tightness in his quadriceps. Springs wasn’t concerned, though, saying he might be back on the field today.

“Oh yeah,” Springs said. “Or the next day. One of those days. But I’ll be fine.”

Springs was another Redskins defender who stood out Monday, making an athletic interception of Jake Plummer’s pass on Denver’s opening series. But Springs has been dogged by injuries in the NFL, playing 93 of 108 possible games in seven seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.

Jansen surgery

Right tackle Jon Jansen underwent surgery to repair his ruptured Achilles’ tendon in Charlotte, N.C., and was placed on injured reserve, officially ending his season.

Trainer Bubba Tyer, who accompanied Jansen to Charlotte, said through a team spokesman that the surgery went “very successful.” Jansen will be in a cast for about six weeks.

Performing the surgery was Dr. Robert Anderson, who last season operated on Redskins quarterback Patrick Ramsey’s foot.

Thomas, Daniels return

The absence of Jansen was somewhat ameliorated by the return of right guard Randy Thomas, who practiced off and on last week while battling a strained muscle in his ribs and knee soreness.

Thomas, who called the rib injury more concerning, didn’t feel 100 percent but was eager to add some stability to the hobbled Dirtbags.

“If you’re a pro, some things you’ve got to play through,” Thomas said. “Plus, I’ve got to get back on that line. We’ve got to solidify our offensive line again.”

Also returning was defensive end Phillip Daniels, who tested his strained abdomen with a few individual drills. Afterward he said there was “no pain at all.”

Rookie tackle Jim Molinaro suffered heat illness during practice and had to be carted from the field. He later said he was fine.

Extra points

Third-string quarterback Tim Hasselbeck won’t get a shot to start over Mark Brunell or Ramsey, but he believes more performances like Monday’s — in which he led two scoring drives, including the game-winner, and posted a 142.9 rating — will earn him a permanent place in the league.

“Here’s the way I look at it,” Hasselbeck said. “You get opportunities in this league to play. And if you play well, you’ll continue to play. People need players who are going to play well.” …

Gibbs sounds like he’ll run another bland attack in Saturday’s preseason game against the Carolina Panthers. “You’re trying to use good common sense in preseason,” Gibbs said. “You’re trying to do enough so you can evaluate your players. Obviously you don’t want to do anything to jeopardize your regular season.”


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