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First A Break, Then Time to Go 'Camping'
By Gary Fitzgerald
July 28, 2004
The Redskins concluded three days of closed practice sessions on Wednesday and are gearing up for the official start of training camp on Saturday. Players will have Thursday off and must report to training camp headquarters on Friday.
Head coach Joe Gibbs continues to praise the team's attitude and work ethic during the series of practices this week.
"We've had real good work," Gibbs said. "We obviously didn't have all of our lineman here, but we had real good work--matter of fact, most of our linemen wound up coming in anyway.
"We've accomplished a lot [the last three days]. We weren't in full pads, we were in shoulder pads and helmets. We're going to take a couple of days off now and come back ready to go."
The team had a scare during Wednesday's practice when rookie safety Sean Taylor suffered a right knee injury while defending a pass. The injury does not appear to be serious, Gibbs said. Click here for an update on Taylor's injury.
Players seemed ready to increase their intensity level and begin preparations for the regular season.
Ifeanyi Ohalete and Fred Smoot take a breather during a recent practice. (Photo by Mitchell Layton)
"We're really looking forward to this one," cornerback Fred Smoot said. "In my three-year tenure here, we haven't looked forward to camp like this before, but this one we're looking forward to because we're excited about Coach Gibbs. We're ready to win. It takes a good training camp to win in late January."
Added tight end Walter Rasby: "From the head coach on, the atmosphere here has been great. You can't ask for a better atmosphere, as far as the positive attitude of the team. Everybody comes in here energized and just ready to go. This is my 11th year and this might be the best atmosphere I've ever been around."
This is the second year in a row and third time in the last five years that training camp will be held at Redskins Park. Players will again be housed at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, Va., during training camp and will be bused to Redskins Park. NCC is off limits to the public and media.
The first training camp practice open to the public is Saturday, July 31 at 9 a.m. The team will also host a 4:30 p.m. open practice on Saturday.
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