- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 16, 2006


The Redskins broke up their brother act by cutting injured third-year linebacker Chris Clemons. His brother, defensive end Nic Clemons, didn’t find out until returning their mother Mattie’s call.

“It was an eye-opener,” said Nic, who has been out since Aug. 5 with fluid on his left knee and also is in jeopardy of being cut. “This was the first team we’ve ever been on. We’ve seen guys come and go, and unfortunately this time it’s my brother. I saw his locker cleaned out, and then my mom told me what had happened. Chris isn’t angry. He’s just focused on getting healthy. Hopefully, he’ll heal pretty fast and get to go to another team.”


Chris Cooley wore a conventional uniform for a change. Except that the fun-loving tight end was the only Redskins player sporting burgundy socks pulled all the way up to his knees. Cooley had a good afternoon on the last session open to the fans, hauling in touchdown throws from quarterbacks Jason Campbell and Mark Brunell.

Campbell went in the opposite direction, tucking his socks so far into his black cleats that they couldn’t be seen. Campbell, who will relieve Brunell in Saturday’s preseason home opener with the New York Jets, took a large percentage of the 11-on-11 snaps, while veteran Todd Collins, who struggled while playing ahead of Campbell last week in Cincinnati, merely watched.


Redskins broadcaster Sam Huff, a Hall of Fame linebacker, said Junior Seau, who retired on Monday, belongs with him in Canton.

“When I broadcast the games Junior played against the Redskins, I said, ‘Holy Cow, this guy is a football player,’” Huff said of Seau, who made 12 Pro Bowls in 16 seasons with San Diego and Miami. “I have the highest respect for him. I just loved the way he played. He led the football team. He will be a Hall of Famer, no doubt about it.”


“I’m thankful to be alive. It’s by far the scariest thing that has ever happened to me.”

— Rookie guard Kili Lefotu, who passed out last Wednesday in his dorm room and was hospitalized for two nights. Lefotu returned to practice yesterday.


12 Players remaining from the roster that coach Joe Gibbs inherited in 2004 following Monday’s trade of receiver Taylor Jacobs to San Francisco.


Offensive tackle Jim Molinaro (knee surgery), running back Kerry Carter (knee), safety Curry Burns (hamstring), defensive end Nic Clemons (knee), cornerbacks Ade Jimoh (sternum) and Aric Williams (hamstring) and linebacker Kevin Simon (groin) remained sidelined. They were joined by running back Clinton Portis (shoulder), offensive tackles Chris Pino (shoulder) and Jon Alston (knee), cornerback Shawn Springs (abdominal surgery) and receiver Ataveus Cash (hamstring). Defensive end Phillip Daniels left practice early with back spasms. Running back Jesse Lumsden (groin) and newly signed offensive tackle Spencer Folau didn’t take part in 11-on-11 drills.


4 p.m. (Closed to the public)

— David Elfin

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