...Jason Taylor (calf), Cornelius Griffin (shoulder), Shawn Springs (calf), Marcus Washington (hamstring), Pete Kendall (knees), Randy Thomas (knee) and Stephon Heyer (shoulder) did not practice.
Coach Jim Zorn wasn't sure what to expect the rest of the week from all but Kendall. He simply had the day off, his first of the season. They want to rest his creaky knees.
...Running back Clinton Portis was named the NFC's Offensive Player of the Week for his performance vs. Philadelphia. Naturally, his O-line is to thank.
"They feel like I'm supposed to take them out to eat or do something," he said. "But that's what they're supposed to do. I was going to tell them thanks. I don't want them to get used to doing something good and patting them on the shoulders, handing them envelopes with money, giving them plasma TVs. That's what they're looking for."
Yes, he was joking.
...The Jansen-Heyer debate is one of the bigger ones going on at Redskins Park. Still telling you, it'll be Heyer because the coach is a former quarterback who values pass protection. Simple as that. They're hoping Heyer matures as a run blocker and starts to cut down on his mental mistakes.
...When you win, life is grand. After practice today, Portis and Thomas did a spot for Redskins.com TV. While waiting for the segment to start they shouted over to special teams coach Danny Smith to come on the air. Smith was going to work with a player on a tackling dummy. So he said, "You ain't using me to get your ratings up!" To which Portis said, "We need some bleeps in here!" In other words, an interview with Smith would need a lot of bleeps.
...At one point Portis told Thomas, "You attract the old crowd. You're like 40 years old; everyone in the nursing home is watching you." Thomas snapped back, "You want me to block for you this week?"
...Portis would sneak in one word every now and then. The word? Championship. This team feels it. Yes, it's early, but they're walking tall. Right now, I'd call it confidence and not cockiness.
...Durant Brooks had a strong day of punting today. Much better hangtime and distance. He's still on notice.
...Zorn called out rookie Devin Thomas again, saying he must become more disciplined in his routes if he wants to get more time. If Malcolm Kelly is healthy, don't be surprised if he plays more than Thomas. Before practice, Kelly received one-on-one work with receivers coach Stan Hixon.
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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