Training Camp Report: Day 16

Right tackle Jon Jansen leaned on his crutches, his head bowed as the players sat in meetings. He was alone in the lobby, waiting for his wife before they headed to the doctor.

Jansen, understandably, remains down about his situation. And that probably won't start to change until he gets rid of his crutches in a couple weeks. At least then he can start working out and be around his teammates.

And it's been unbearable for him to watch the preseason games.

''It's harder than I expected,'' Jansen said.

He can't watch the whole game because it hurts him too much. But he remains confident that the team will be better than people anticipate. And he's already eyeing next season, when he'll get the chance to play for Joe Gibbs and Joe Bugel.

. . . Linebackers LaVar Arrington and Mike Barrow did not practice today because of respective knee injuries. The Redskins still aren't sure if they'll play Friday or not. We were originally told Arrington would practice today; now he's day to day. Barrow did do more running today than he has in a while, but no one knows when he'll return.

. . . The oddest sighting of camp: receiver Cliff Russell practiced today. I'd forgotten what he looked like in pads. It's hard to imagine that he'll survive the first round of cuts next week.

. . . I'm also wondering about linebacker Kevin Mitchell. It's incredible that he's lasted as long as he has (he's in his 11th year). But Gregg Williams is very high on Antonio Pierce because he can play all three linebacker positions and considers him the fourth linebacker. And Williams likes his backups to be versatile. Mitchell is limited to one spot. How long can he stick around?

. . .Corner Rashad Bauman also practiced today.

. . . For what it's worth: the Redskins had John Simon working on catching punts along with Chad Morton. It was only those two for a while until Gari Scott joined them.

. . . Ladell Betts is questionable for Friday's game. And he'd better start to show the Redskins something. When healthy, he'd be the primary backup to Clinton Portis. But his health is an issue.

And when it comes to the backup running back spots, durability matters.

''You've got to have guys you feel are durable,'' Gibbs said. ''You know those guys take a pounding and we've been saying these are guys you can count on. Athletes at that spot, you've got to be physical. Guys have to be able to make it through the whole year. Those are the things you're looking for at running back. We're just looking for uys who are very durable and tough.''

. . . Kicker John Hall returned to his family's house in Port Charlotte, Fla., after the game Saturday night to help family and friends to help with the cleanup caused by Hurricane Charley.


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