Yeah, It Was Hot: Skins Camp Sights and Sounds 8-4

The heat was the story at Redskins Park as tempratures hovered near 100 with miserable humidity to match at Thursday's 4:00 practice. Gallons of water and cases of Gatorade got the team through without any major heat-related issues, so John Keim was able to focus on the players.

Corner Walt Harris (quad) said he hopes to do some limited work Friday, but trainer Bubba Tyer said it's likely Harris will be out until next week. I'm curious to see how Harris plays. He said, because he was coming off knee surgery, he couldn't jump as high or turn as quickly as in the past. Despite the quad injury, Harris said he feels a whole lot better than at this time in 2004. Will it make a difference? We'll see.

. . . Running back Clinton Portis returned to practice today. He took less reps than normal, but still did enough work to test his knee, even taking part in the inside running drills.

. . . Linebacker Zak Keasey does an excellent job getting underneath opponents' shoulder pads. He did so a couple times today in one-on-one blocking drills against Robert Royal, engaging the veteran tight end to a draw. Not sure who that says more about, but Keasey certainly is one to watch. Still can't see him being more than a practice squader, but that's not bad for a guy from Princeton.

. . . Receiver David Patten hauled in a few deep balls today. And he was open for at least one other one that was overthrown. Patten has made more than a few plays in practice. Meanwhile, Taylor Jacobs, after a strong start, has cooled. He dropped a pass today.

. . . Safety Shawn Springs breaks so well on the ball and stands out above every other corner in camp. Amazing to think how someone could look so much better than other pro athletes. Springs reads plays so well, as he did on one play: as Jason Campbell eyed a receiver, Springs ran through his guy to come up hard on the play. Had they been allowed to hit full, he would have broken up the pass.

. . .It was hot today.

. . . Very hot.

. . . Corner Eric Joyce suffered total body cramps because of the heat, requiring intravenous fluids after practice. Amazingly, he's the only Redskin who needed an IV.

. . . Funny note: running backs Clinton Portis, Rock Cartwright and Ladell Betts wanted to take a golf cart to the practice field. The first one they tried didn't work. So they piled into another one. That didn't work, either. So they did what they hoped to avoid and walked to the field.

. . . Owner Dan Snyder attended his first training camp practice of the summer. He finally shed the coat and tie, opting for khaki pants and a white polo shirt.

. . . Joe Bugel to mammoth RT Jon Alston after a one-on-one block, ''That's the way to battle! It's a new day!'' Bugel had barked at Alston the other day for allowing himself to get turned.

. . .All four quarterbacks likely will participate in Saturday's scrimmage against Baltimore. After doing drills against one another, each team will run four, 10-play drives.

. . .Safety Sean Taylor worked with the second string today, after spending time with the first unit Wednesday.

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