- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 9, 2006

COSTLY HOMECOMING

Redskins middle linebacker Lemar Marshall is learning what many of his teammates experience when they travel to their hometowns for a game: NFL ticket prices are high. Marshall, a Cincinnati native, plays his first game in his hometown Sunday night.

“[A regular season game] would have been nice because I’m paying for these tickets and they’re adding up,” he said. “I’m working for free this week.”

Marshall played at St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati before going to Michigan State.

He already has bought 30 tickets — at $65 apiece — and is “still working things out” to get additional tickets.

“You don’t get too many chances to play at home and this is my first time in [five] seasons in the league,” he said. “I’m not saying anybody can come, but I’ll have some supporters there.”

TEMPERS FLARE (SORT OF)

Coaches didn’t need to intervene and no helmets were chucked across the field, but the Redskins had their first tussle of camp yesterday morning.

Rookie safety Reed Doughty shoved tight end Mike Sellers out of bounds and right tackle Jon Jansen came to Sellers’ aid and shoved Doughty. Rookie defensive lineman Kedric Golston came to Doughty’s defense and engaged Jansen for a few seconds.

After practice, Golston said: “I guess it took a dumb rookie to get it started.”

MAIL MAN

Tight end Chris Cooley said he’s receiving about 50 letters a week from fans asking for autographs. The pile he was sifting through on Monday morning includes envelops from Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Idaho, West Virginia, New Jersey and Wisconsin.

“It’s consistently gotten more and more but I always answer it,” he said. “People send me envelops to mail back the card, I’ll sign it. … I try to interact with the fans and be a part of the community and that’s a big deal to them.”

QUOTABLE

“I’ve kind of forgotten about it and I think everyone else should.”

— Redskins kicker John Hall on his 1-for-3 day against Baltimore last weekend

BY THE NUMBERS

5 Cincinnati Bengals arrested since the end of the 2005 season, most recently Eric Steinbach, who was charged with boating under the influence.

ON THE SIDELINES

The Redskins’ injury list continues to grow. Sitting out the morning practice were receiver Ataveus Cash (hamstring), safety Curry Burns (hamstring), safety Dennard Wilson (knee surgery today, released yesterday), tight end Calen Powell (quadriceps), running back Ladell Betts (hamstring), linebacker Kevin Simon (abdomen), offensive tackle Jim Molinaro (knee surgery today), defensive lineman Manaia Brown (groin), tight end Robert Johnson (ankle), defensive lineman Nic Clemons (knee) and defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery (hamstring). Receiver Brandon Lloyd injured his left hip flexor during the practice. Running back Clinton Portis got stretched out toward the end of the 90-minute workout because of a stiff back.

Cornerback Carlos Rogers (back) returned to practice for the first time since Thursday. Johnson returned for the afternoon practice and Betts did some running. Powell could return to practice today.

TODAY’S SCHEDULE

7 p.m. (Closed to the public)

Ryan O’Halloran

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