Training Camp Report: August 9

The fans are gone for the summer, and the heat left Redskins Park as well. Sort of. For a change, the weather actually felt decent, with temperatures probably only around 90 degrees. Meanwhile, Brandon Lloyd was back on the sidelines and Clinton Portis will have his knee checked out again.

Sidelined: Receiver Brandon Lloyd sat out practice again because of shin splints and likely will miss Saturday's preseason opener at Tennessee. It's hardly the way a receiver coming off a bad year wants to open 2007. Of the top four receivers in camp, Lloyd has been a clear No. 4.

... Corner Jerametrius Butler (hamstring) also sat out practice and can't be doing himself any favors by doing so.

Portis update: Clinton Portis will get his knee checked out by Dr. James Andrews when the team is in Nashville. Andrews is a consultant to the team and will fly up from Birmingham, Ala., for the game. Portis isn't sure when he'll return.

Brunie: Quarterback Mark Brunell connected on a play-action pass to Cory Bradford down the left side, beating corner Shawn Springs. But Springs later got his revenge. On another play, Brunell rolled to his right and unwisely tried to dump in a pass to Carl Berman, with Springs right in front of him. It was an easy pick.

Big D: End Demetric Evans got inside vs. Jason Fabini during a one-on-one drill, knocking him back, one play after Fabini handled him. Fabini later neutralized Anthony Montgomery.

Surprise sight: Receiver James Thrash did not do much in practice today because of a mild groin injury. As Joe Gibbs said, for him to complain about anything, you know it must be hurting him. Al Saunders said Thrash is the ''most underrated player on offense.'' Thrash is expected to play Saturday.

Also, DT Joe Salave'a suffered a mild hamstring pull today, but is expected to play vs. his former team Saturday.

Lucky: Receiver Ryan Hoag was a bit fortunate today that there wasn't live hitting. Otherwise he would have had his head taken off by rookie LaRon Landry on a pass from Todd Collins down the middle.

By the way, Landry has consistently worked with the first unit this past week. It's the earliest I've seen them do this with a rookie under Gregg Williams.

Campbell time: Jason Campbell threw a nice deep ball down the right side to Santana Moss off a seven-step drop. He then threw a pass down the middle to tight end Jake Nordin, who reached up for the catch. Perhaps Campbell's best throw came when he rolled to his left, got his hips square and hit Chris Cooley in the left corner of the end zone. Very mechanically sound.

Visitor: Rachel Nichols from ESPN visited Ashburn today, but don't expect a huge report. We didn't see a camera crew with her. The Redskins just aren't a big national story this summer, but they seem to do better when operating under the radar.

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