- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Jim Zorn expects all 79 players under contract to be on the field Thursday morning for the start of Washington Redskins training camp.

But Michael Vick won’t be one of them.

Zorn said today at Redskin Park the team will not be pursuing the quarterback, who was reinstated by the NFL on Monday.

“I want to wish the best for him,” Zorn said. “There’s a way he and Roger Goodell have created to find his way back into the league. I would just say it won’t be with us, at least at this juncture. It will be interesting to see how he enters back in. I’m sure he will.”

Asked if Vick is out of the Redskins’ plans for the long-term future, Zorn said: “I don’t know that. It depends on how many years he’s going to be in the league.”

The only player who didn’t report today was first-round draft pick Brian Orakpo, who remains unsigned.

“As soon as it can get done, and I’m hoping it’s soon, the better it will be for us and for him,” Zorn said. “At some point, I will probably say ‘Yes, I’m concerned.’ But at this point, I’m not.”

Other notes from Zorn’s press conference:

* The Redskins start camp with no injury list but Zorn said he will ask veterans like Phillip Daniels, Randy Thomas, Chris Samuels and Cornelius Griffin if they want to practice once a day.

“There are going to be a few guys that will practice once a day to maintain their health and they’ll [work] in the toughest parts of practice,” Zorn said. “There will be some afternoon practices we’ll ask them to stay out of. Part of it has to do with their level of soreness. We’ll take those players one at a time and go from there.”

* Right tackle Mike Williams reported to camp at 342 pounds and Zorn pronounced him ready for two-a-day duty. Williams said he’s lost 108 pounds and tomorrow will be on the field for the first time in three years.

* Zorn said allowing players with four or more years of experience to stay at their homes during training camp wasn’t an idea he created but feels he has a team with enough experience that it won’t be an issue.

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