- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 17, 2007

If Shawn Springs is going to open up about his decision to stay away from Redskin Park this spring, the Washington Redskins‘ cornerback has just one day left to tell his story before training camp.

Springs, called off the field almost as soon as Friday’s practice began to be with his ill infant son, was absent again yesterday for the second day of the three-day minicamp. The Redskins aren’t sure if Springs will be back today.

Elsewhere on the baby front, linebacker Rocky McIntosh was back, three days after his wife gave birth to their first child, a boy named Gavin.

Running back Clinton Portis, a surprise participant on Friday, was on the field again but took less work than he had the previous day.

Former Maryland receiver Dan Melendez practiced after being sideline for several weeks with a pulled hamstring.

Thomas talks

Guard Randy Thomas, who had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Wednesday, said he’ll be good to when training camp opens in six weeks.

“I had been some really some roughness in the knee so we decided to go in and take care of it,” Thomas said. “Don’t worry about me. I’ll be ready [for camp].”

Skaggs remembered

Receiver Justin Skaggs, who spent most of 2001 and 2002 on Washington’s practice squad and got into one game the latter season, died on Friday at 28, a day after emergency surgery to try to remove a cancerous brain tumor.

“Justin was one of those guys that would work so hard that he would make other people mad,” running back Ladell Betts said. “He was a good guy … I pray for his family and friends.”

Skaggs’ death followed those of former Redskins linebacker Kevin Mitchell at 36 in April and team nutritionist Ann Litt at 54 this month.

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