...It's official: the starting offense will at least play one series Thursday against Jacksonville. Not that anyone should be surprised after the 47-3 shellacking at Carolina. One reporter wondered if there would be a mutiny should this be the case. But a veteran player told me privately that this was a good idea and deserved.
However, the defensive starters will not play. Greg Blache wants them ornery for the opener.
...Safety LaRon Landry practiced today, though the Skins were not in full pads. He looked like he was moving around fine, even defending a couple passes. But he estimated he was only at 93 percent. Not sure how he arrived at that estimate, but that's what he said. Maybe tomorrow he'll be at 94 percent. We can only hope.
Anyway, Landry said he probably won't fully test himself until Sunday or Monday, which will then determine his availability for the opener.
...Jason Taylor says he's a fast healer and has played with sprained MCLs, not to mention a broken arm.
...Tight end Fred Davis badly burned Marcus Washington in a full-team drill today, catching a downfield pass.
...Colt Brennan had a couple tough throws in a row. First he threw too far inside to Anthony Mix and Shawn Springs had the easy break-up. On the next pass, Brennan missed the receiver badly and Reed Doughty picked him off.
...Springs stayed after practice and worked with Steve Jackson, who was showing him some ways to cover certain routes. The two stayed on the field for a good 10 minutes doing this and chatted some more on the way to the locker room. Yes, there's a reason Springs has lasted so long.
...Stephon Heyer worked at right tackle in place of Jon Jansen, out with a bruised foot. He'll be fine for the opener.
...Running back Clinton Portis burned Fred Smoot on a deep out route today, catching the ball and then sprinting downfield shouting, ‘'aaaaaahhhhh! Aaaaahhhhh!'' He raised his arms skyward then trotted back and spiked the ball at Smoot's backside.
...The linemen were not pleased with their showing Saturday, blaming much of it on poor technique. Also heard there were some protection changes that could take place for the next game.
...The Redskins cut linebacker Matt Sinclair and receiver Burl Toler. Sinclair had a legit shot at landing a roster spot, but a back injury sidelined him the past week and sealed his fate. He was on the bubble to begin with, but being in that situation and being hurt is a bad combo. He's a good guy who works very hard and takes pride in doing things the right way.
...The punters will both get a chance to kick Thursday night. Looks like whoever has the best night wins the competition.
John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for Warpathinsiders.com. He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at dcexaminer.com
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