- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 2, 2005

And then there were none. Jason Campbell was in uniform and on the field and Carlos Rogers was on his way to Washington yesterday as the Redskins locked up their last two unsigned players.

Cornerback Rogers, the ninth overall pick in April’s draft, agreed to a five-year, $13 million deal worth a maximum of $17.3 million with $11.26 million guaranteed. Quarterback Campbell, the 25th choice, signed a five-year contract, including $5.3 million guaranteed, that can rise from $7.5 million to $24 million if all the incentives and escalators are achieved.

Campbell affirmed that quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who was taken one pick before him, agreeing to terms with Green Bay on Saturday was a big factor in when his deal got done.

Midway through practice, Campbell supplanted undrafted rookie Bryson Spinner as the No. 3 quarterback behind veterans Patrick Ramsey and Mark Brunell. The former Auburn star completed a couple of passes, but his first day didn’t include any spectacular throws.

“You can’t tell much from one practice, [but] Jason looked good,” coach Joe Gibbs said. “He has worked very hard. He stayed here through the [mid-June to late July] break. It’s just a matter of starting to get him some reps.”

While Campbell only missed one day of camp, Rogers, once he signs today, likely will be placed on the active physically unable-to-perform list because of the severe ankle sprain/bone bruise he suffered in June.

“Carlos is like all the rookies we’ve brought along,” said assistant head coach/defense Gregg Williams. “We try to make sure that it’s not overwhelming from a mental standpoint and a speed standpoint. We’re not going to jeopardize Carlos’ learning curve just because of where he was drafted or how much money he makes.”

Griffin held out

Tackle Cornelius Griffin, Washington’s top defensive lineman, was held out after slightly straining a shoulder on Monday. Director of sports medicine Bubba Tyer said an MRI was negative.

Artrell Hawkins strained a hamstring and could be out a few days while fellow cornerback Walt Harris left practice early with cramps in his thigh. Linebacker Brian Allen is day-to-day after spraining a knee. Receiver Kevin Dyson was limited after spraining an ankle. Offensive tackle Mark Wilson practiced with a sprained knee.

Arrington improving

Tyer said LaVar Arrington will be back “soon” and is “progressing extremely well” as he continues to rehab from a second knee scope in April. Arrington isn’t talking to the media until he’s back on the field, but Tyer said the three-time Pro Bowl linebacker, who missed 12 games last year, has had a run of positive days and has no swelling in the knee. Tyer added that Arrington also has regained much strength in his long-bothersome quadriceps.

Williams said Lemar Marshall has the edge in a crowded field of candidates to start at middle linebacker. Williams said “Lemar has the quickest learning curve to know exactly how we want things done” after starting 14 games in 2004 in place of the injured Arrington on the weak side.

Fan Day switch

Fan Appreciation Day is still on Friday, but the events have been moved from the afternoon to the morning. The parking lots and gates will open at 6 a.m. Gibbs will address the crowd at 8:15 a.m. Practice will run from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. followed by a 45-minute autograph session and a performance by the Redskins marching band. The day ends at 12:30 p.m. in order for the players to have sufficient rest before the scrimmage in Baltimore against the Ravens on Saturday at noon.

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