- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 5, 2006

The Redskins returned to the practice field for the first time in a week this afternoon without running back Clinton Portis and cornerback Shawn Springs. Defensive end Renaldo Wynn also did not practice, but defensive linemen Phillip Daniels and Cornelius Griffin returned.

The Story of the Day, unfortunately, was again the back up quarterback situation. That’s pathetic because this is a team that went 0-4 in the preseason, got little from its starting defense, less than little from its starting offense. One would think the issue would go away until it mattered — Mark Brunell got injured. Not so.

The vibe I got in the locker room: The decision made by Joe Gibbs to use Todd Collins as the in-game replacement and Jason Campbell as the long-term replacement isn’t really a decision. Collins is the No. 2, Campbell is the No. 3. Period. If Collins replaces Brunell in-game and does a good job, he deserves to start.

Comments from the particulars involved in the decision:

Collins: “I was a little bit surprised. It’s a little bit unconventional but he’s the head coach …”

What Collins wanted to say: Why didn’t they just make me the No. 2 quarterback?

Campbell: “You don’t ever feel like you’re a No. 3 quarterback.”

What Campbell wanted to say: I’m No. 3 because Collins is the No. 2 quarterback on game day and since Brunell hasn’t missed a start because of injury since joining the Redskins, I’ll remain No. 3.

Look for more coverage of this situation in tomorrow’s Washington Times.

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