Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Colt Brennan was a media star after his first preseason game with the Washington Redskins, in which he went 9-for-10 with 123 yards and two touchdowns.

His second NFL exhibition was less stellar. The sixth-round draft pick finished 4-for-8 for 37 yards. In three drives, he produced one first down and took a sack.

“He was less disciplined in his approach,” coach Jim Zorn said. “He was moving when he didn’t need to and not moving when he had to move. Those things cost him completions. He didn’t make throwing errors per se, but he made a couple of nondecisions that should have been decisions. He saw it on video, and he had a much better day today.”

Part of Brennan’s struggles stemmed from a lingering hamstring injury that forced him to skip the team portion of practice one day last week.

“The first game [against Indianapolis], the last play I was in I kind of landed awkwardly kind of right where the base of my butt and hamstring are, and it just inflamed that hamstring injury that I had,” Brennan said. “It made it hard to practice last week, and during the game I was worried it might give out or blow out on me.”

After a weekend of rehab, Brennan said he’s moving around better at practice. He hopes to find some consistency and improve his decision-making during the next three weeks.

“I think I made some steps, maybe not statistically but with my decisions and things like that,” Brennan said. “This week I think I’ll have my confidence back and try to go in there and be real productive. Now that I feel healthy I think the next three weeks will be about being more efficient and productive.”

‘Hurricane’ sighting

Rubin Carter spent 12 seasons as a player with the Denver Broncos and the last 21 as a coach with eight different college and NFL teams.

It has been difficult for him to watch his son, Andre, practice during that time. Carter, who coached Florida A&M from 2005 to 2007, came to town last weekend and saw his son play a preseason game and practice the past two days.

“I knew he was coming in next week, but he surprised me early, and we got to spend some time together,” defensive end Andre Carter said. “It was great. It was good seeing him. Now that I have my family and he has his, it is kind of tough seeing each other because we have such difficult schedules to keep up with.”

Carter said he has seen his son practice “maybe twice” and not since he was in high school. A defensive tackle with the “Orange Crush” in Denver and a defensive line coach for the Redskins and Jets, he also wanted to observe how the new regime conducted its workouts.

Injury updates

Wide receiver Antwaan Randle El sat out the afternoon practice Tuesday after he got his fingers caught in someone else’s jersey during the morning session. He had the last two fingers on his left hand taped, and there was some swelling in his hand, but Randle El said it wasn’t a big deal.

Zorn said safety LaRon Landry had another MRI on his injured left hamstring and there is still a “little strain.” Landry and Shawn Springs both missed practice, although Springs said he expects to return Wednesday.

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