- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 1, 2006

FIRST DOWN

Mike Sellers is starting his seventh season, but all of that experience didn’t prevent the veteran tight end from becoming the first casualty of the intense heat. Sellers’ right calf cramped up so badly that he went down for an extended period. He went down again after being treated by the medical staff, at which point he was carted off the field and inside. After three IVs, he was feeling a lot better.

“My whole [right] calf locked up on me,” Sellers said. “Then it went to my hamstring and all the way down to my foot. It wouldn’t stop locking.”

Sellers is expected to be back on the field this morning.

Longtime Redskins trainer Bubba Tyer said the key to preventing post-practice cramps is “plenty of fluids, cooling down and keep walking [after coming off the field]. We want the players to drink water at every break, but it’s hard getting some guys to do it.”

FAN FAVORITE

Judging from the reaction of the fans, some of whom tailgated in the median strip of Loudoun County Parkway before coming to practice, running back Clinton Portis is their new hero, replacing departed linebacker LaVar Arrington. Shows what a Redskins-record 1,516 rushing yards and dressing up for the cameras every Thursday can do.

PLAY OF THE DAY

Rookie free agent receiver Mike Espy, who starred in rookie minicamp and looked good when the veterans arrived in June, had the play of the day again. With 474 pounds of Robert McCune and Kevin Simon bearing down on him, the 195-pound Mississippi product hesitated just enough to let the linebackers collide, then danced past them untouched.

GIVING PROPER CREDIT

Safety Sean Taylor is a Pro Bowl alternate and a feared hitter, but when he missed a tackle on Kerry Carter, Taylor sat on the ground and applauded the former Seattle Seahawks running back, who is a long shot to make the team.

MOST QUESTIONABLE FASHION DECISION (tie)

Receivers Brandon Lloyd and Jimmy Farris wore black tights instead of shorts in the 95-degree heat. But the receivers were out-uglied by the quasi-opaque gray shorts sported by cornerback Dimitri Patterson.

NUMBER OF THE DAY

3 Tight ends (Mike Sellers, Chris Cooley, Buck Ortega) who required medical attention.

QUOTABLE

“I’m already broke in. It can’t get no worse than that.”

— Mike Sellers on the expected even higher temperatures today, tomorrow and Thursday.

ON THE SIDELINES

Mike Sellers and Buck Ortega suffered cramps, and Chris Cooley’s tight hamstring put him on the ground awhile. The offense was without receiver David Patten, who has a viral infection and is being isolated from the rest of the team. Also, receiver Antwaan Randle El missed the last part of practice with a strained lower back. Tyer expects all, with the possible exception of Patten, to practice today.

TODAY’S SCHEDULE

8:30 a.m. (Closed to public)

4:30 p.m.

David Elfin

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