...Running back Clinton Portis did some running for the first time since partially dislocating his shoulder. He's still non-committal about playing in the opener. It's hard to know what to read into that; athletes are notorious for promising that they'll return by a certain date. One coach said Portis is freakish about his ability to return from injuries.
...The defensive guys endured a grueling opening to practice. After doing some running as punishment for penalties in the Jets' game, they had to run 50 yards. Which is no big deal. Except that every five yards they had to do an up-down. The D-linemen were dragging on this one, especially rookie Anthony Montgomery.
...Today's practice, which was closed to the media except for the first 45 minutes, appeared to be tougher overall. Receiver Brandon Lloyd, who practiced and said he'll play against New England, said, ''It was a higher intensity.''
...The Redskins like Nehemiah Broughton's versatility; he can play fullback, running back and even H-back (even if it's no longer called by that name). That doesn't mean he'll have a bigger role; only that they like him.
...There doesn't appear to be anything to the Stephen Davis rumors. A couple Redskins sources said there's no interest; sounds as if the agent contacted Washington.
...Joe Gibbs took a well-deserved break from the media today. Even Hall of Famers get worn out dealing with those smiling folks from the press. Gibbs, though, has taken to his new role and the freedom it gives him. Today, he watched the special teams closely as they worked on attacking the wedge.