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WP: Redskin Notebook and Injury Report

Postby 1niksder » Sat Jul 31, 2004 11:34 pm

Top Pick Taylor Sits Out -- but He's Learning

By Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, August 1, 2004; Page E07

Sean Taylor looked like he was ready to play football yesterday, lurking around the practice fields at Redskins Park with his helmet on, replete with jet black visor, but the rookie safety did not participate in any drills during the first day of training camp because of the minor strain in his right knee he suffered during last week's passing camp.

Taylor, the fifth overall draft pick from Miami and a projected starter, did push-ups and stretching exercises but was held out of practice as a precaution. Coach Joe Gibbs said Taylor is day-to-day and is uncertain if he will be able to practice today when the team takes the field at 4:30. Taylor, who is wearing No. 37 after wearing 36 in minicamp, got hurt when defending a pass play Wednesday during passing camp.

Director of sports medicine Bubba Tyer said Taylor responded well to a post-practice workout and will be evaluated again this morning in the hope of getting into some drills today. Taylor is wearing the shield because he is sensitive to bright light, Tyer said.

Taylor, who has had a strange past few months, did not comment on his health, and running back Clinton Portis, Taylor's college teammate, said he aims to help his buddy acclimate to pro football after a rough start.

"I've got to work on him," Portis said. "It's going to take some time, but I think he's starting to come around and understand his role. . . . He's a rookie and you're going to have negative publicity. You've got to learn the system and once you learn the system you can get away with some of those things, but until you learn the system and make plays and show them they got what they bargained for when they drafted you with the fifth pick in the draft, you can't do silly stuff."

Injury Report

Defensive back Walt Harris (knee) was placed on the active-physically unable to perform list and must pass a physical and be returned to the active roster before practicing. Tyer said he is progressing well but there is no timetable for a return. Tackle Kenyatta Jones (sprained ankle), tackle Brandon Winey (ankle sprain), defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin (ankle sprain), linebacker Chris Clemons (ankle sprain), cornerback Fred Smoot (tightness in back) and fullback Mike Sellers (ankle sprain) are day-to-day, Tyer said. Defensive tackle Brandon Noble, recovering from major knee surgery, participated in only the first session. He is limited to one session a day as a precaution. . . . Dennard Wilson, an Upper Marlboro native who played for the University of Maryland and underwent season-ending surgery after breaking his leg during passing camp Wednesday, was waived yesterday. Offensive lineman Quinn Christensen was waived earlier in the week. . . . The Redskins signed three players to round out their roster before the start of camp. Wide receiver Dameane Douglas has appeared in 52 NFL games, kicker Ola Kimrin has spent the last three season in NFL Europe and defensive back Ryan Clark spent the last two seasons with the New York Giants. . . . Portis, who was acquired from Denver for cornerback Champ Bailey in the offseason, dazzled the crowd with his nifty moves on several occasions and displayed explosive speed and cutting ability. . . . The coaches and players said they were overwhelmed by the support from fans at Redskins Park yesterday (team officials listed attendance at 5,000 for each practice).

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