Scares, But No Damage: Sights and Sounds 8.10.05

Running back Clinton Portis and receiver David Patten provided a little drama during tonight's practice, causing hearts to skip a beat for a second.

First, Portis remained on the ground for a couple extra seconds after a run, then held his right arm close to his body as he jogged off. Turned out to be only a stinger and he's fine.

Later, Patten ran a deep corner route in the end zone and nearly made a fingertip catch as he ran out of bounds. Unfortunately, someone had left the frame of a large bag holder, used by the running backs, near the corner. Patten ran into it and took himself out of practice. He seemed more startled than anything and is fine.

Coach Joe Gibbs was p-od that the bag holder remained where it did.

. . . Gibbs won't say how much his starters will play against Carolina, though they'll likely get a quarter or so.

. . . CB Shawn Springs (hamstring) did not practice again.

. . . DE Renaldo Wynn returned to practice after the death of his father-in-law on Friday.

. . . The more I see of Nic Clemons, the more I think he has a decent shot of making the team. He's constantly beating up on Mark Wilson. Of course, that may say more about Wilson. He beat him a few times the other day and got by him again tonight.

. . . The Redskins worked on preparations for Saturday's game tonight, focusing heavily on scout team work.

. . . Tight end Robert Johnson sure is big. Don't know if he can play, but if he ever catches the ball he'll be hard to bring down.

. . . QB Bryson Spinner nearly got running back Jonathan Combs decapitated tonight. Spinner threw a horrible screen to him -- the ball was lofted too high -- allowing corner Ade Jimoh to drill him. Yes, Jimoh.

. . . The QBs still aren't connecting with the wideouts on the deep ball. They don't need to do so very often, but it's clear they're still learning one another. It's not a matter of arm strength, it's a matter of timing.

. . . WR Santana Moss made a nice grab in the end zone on a go-route, taking advantage of CB Eric Joyce's inability to look back for the ball. Moss stepped inside for the touchdown catch. He makes nice athletic catches.

. . . The last practice open to the public is Thursday afternoon.

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