Insider Report: Springs Likely to Miss Opener
...A revised estimate on corner Shawn Springs' recovery time means he'll likely miss the season opener. Director of sports medicine Bubba Tyer said he expects Springs to miss four to six weeks, which means he would not return until the Dallas game at the earliest.
The injury, and subsequent surgery on an abdominal muscle, is related the groin problems he had at the end of last season.
...End Phillip Daniels will miss a week or two with a sprained back. Daniels hurt his back Tuesday and will be re-evaluated next week.
...The Redskins signed corner Julian Battle and safety Antuan Edwards. Both have NFL experience: Battle has played in 26 games with one start in two seasons. He missed last year after rupturing his Achilles' tendon. Edwards has played seven seasons, with 32 starts in 72 games, for four teams.
...Karon Riley had two sacks in the Bengals' game, but don't be too impressed. Gregg Williams wasn't; said he wants to see him do it against guys who won't be cut.
...The defensive newcomers were welcomed to the Williams' conditioning test today. They each have to do 40 up-downs. If they can't, they get to do it the next day and so on until they pass. Williams loved that drill when he was a high school coach, but didn't think he could do it in the NFL until he coached with Buddy Ryan. And Ryan had his players do it.
...Right tackle Jon Jansen has looked more and more comfortable since getting the new cast. He shut down Renaldo Wynn today.
...Christian Fauria made a nice diving grab against Lemar Marshall and later caught a scoring pass over Spencer Havner.
...Kedric Golston completely whipped Ikechuku Ndukwe in a one-on-one drill. Did it a few times in fact. The first time, Golston used a powerful slap and stepped inside.
...Rookie defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery looked better than he has in some time.
...I like Al Saunders because he constantly points things out to his players away from the ball. For example, he praised Santana Moss on a play for taking two guys with him on his route. He praises players as much for these types of things as he does for those who score touchdowns.
...Safety Sean Taylor timed one blitz perfectly, hitting it through the middle and crashing into the ballcarrier.
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