Mike Barrow and Andre Lott won’t be there, and Carlos Rogers and Jason Campbell likely will be absent as well when the Washington Redskins report for the start of training camp this afternoon.
What’s more, Rogers, three-time Pro Bowl linebacker LaVar Arrington and defensive tackle Brandon Noble won’t be on the field because of various leg ailments when practice begins tomorrow morning.
Barrow, a 35-year-old middle linebacker who missed all of last season with a bad knee, was granted his release yesterday after rejecting a reworked contract under which he would have been paid the minimum salary and earned his expected $1.74million only if he was a starter this season.
Lott, 26, who missed all but four games with injuries last year, was given an injury settlement in the wake of a fractured tibia he suffered during minicamp in June. Washington signed veteran safeties Pierson Prioleau, Tony Dixon and Omar Stoutmire this offseason to join holdovers Sean Taylor, Matt Bowen and Ryan Clark.
Lott’s departure leaves just nine of 26 players from owner Dan Snyder’s first four drafts (2000-2003) still on the roster.
This year’s two first-round draft picks, Rogers (ninth overall) and Campbell (25th), remain unsigned and will become holdouts if they’re not under contract by tonight. Of course, Rogers isn’t ready anyway after badly spraining an ankle in mid-June and likely will be placed on the physically unable to perform list if he signs in the next week or so.
Arrington’s knee, which was scoped in September and again in April, still isn’t 100 percent. And because he reinjured himself while rehabbing last October, the Redskins don’t want him to practice until he’s ready.
Noble, who suffered a staph infection after his follow-up scope this spring, also is not ready for full contact.
With Barrow gone and Arrington on the sideline, Lemar Marshall — solid as Arrington’s replacement on the weak side last year — will move into the middle, with former Chicago and Cleveland starter Warrick Holdman taking over on the weak side.
And although the troubled Taylor is expected to report six weeks before his trial date on an assault charge, his refusal to work out with his teammates during the offseason at Redskin Park will cost him his starting spot at least for a few days. Clark or Prioleau will line up next to Bowen at safety.
After a team meeting tonight at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, practice begins tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. at Redskin Park with another session to follow at 4 p.m. Washington visits Baltimore for a scrimmage Saturday before opening its preseason schedule Aug.13 at Carolina.
The Redskins, who have had only one winning season since 1997, begin the regular season Sept.11 at home against Chicago.