- The Washington Times - Thursday, August 3, 2006

BIG JOE RETURNS

Defensive tackle Joe Salave’a returned after missing the first two days of camp for his mother’s funeral in Samoa. Salave’a, exhausted from jet lag, his mother’s death and the birth of a son two weeks ago, was in uniform but not in pads last night. He said he needs to get his conditioning back, but coach Joe Gibbs expects him back for Saturday’s scrimmage against Baltimore.

“I need these guys more than they need me,” Salave’a said. “Being with the guys makes it a little easier.”

NOT JUST A FANTASY

Tight end Chris Cooley apparently is the only Redskin who, like millions of Americans, is a fantasy football owner.

“I’ve always had a blast playing,” Cooley said. “I try to have a couple of Internet teams, and my friends do a team, and we put it online, too. I’ve been playing since I was a sophomore in high school. I lost in the playoffs last year because I had such a good game against Dallas [for his opponent’s fantasy team].”

Cooley had Clinton Portis on his team last year, but that didn’t mean he wanted the running back to get the ball instead of him at the goal line.

“I’d rather catch a touchdown in a real game than have my fantasy team win,” Cooley said with a laugh.

BRANDON LLOYD, PHOTOGRAPHER

Receiver Brandon Lloyd got a quick tutorial with a Canon digital camera from a team intern yesterday morning.

“The league sent this to me, and I’m supposed to take pictures of training camp and other things, and they’re going to post [them] on NFL.com,” Lloyd said. “I’m pretty good at taking pictures. I have a Sony Cyber-shot, so this shouldn’t be a problem. I mean, it’s just a point and click.”

NUMBERS OF THE DAY

97/109 Degrees and heat index in Ashburn when practice was supposed to start at 4 p.m. It was moved to 7 p.m. because of the excessive heat in the metropolitan area.

QUOTABLE

“This is Coach Gibbs’ team now. We got rid of the bad apples. The locker room is the best I’ve ever been around.”

— Seventh-year guard Randy Thomas on the Redskins’ chemistry.

ON THE SIDELINES

Redskins director of sports medicine Bubba Tyer said former starting receiver David Patten, hospitalized since Monday with viral meningitis, was feeling much better and should be released today. Patten likely will return to the field Monday.

Tight end Calen Powell, who sat out Tuesday’s practice with a strained quadriceps, remained out.

Rookie free agent linebacker Spencer Havner, who was taken to an ophthalmologist after being poked in the eye on Tuesday, returned. Rookie free agent guard Chris Pino was held out because of an illness.

TODAY’S SCHEDULE

8:30 a.m. (Closed to public)7 p.m. (Closed to public) — David Elfin and

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