ASHBURN, Va. — Ah, this is what training camp feels like. After a brief reprieve yesterday in Maryland, we got a nice dose of what Mid-Atlantic sticky summers really feel like. Heat in the mid-90s and oppressive humidity. Good times.
And here in Ashburn, Va., the Redskins were hitting. Coach Jim Zorn led a physical practice, with lots of inside running drills, some goal line stuff and they went at it for a full two hours. A fair amount of bodies dropped as well, particularly at an area where the Redskins are already vulnerable.
Stephon Heyer, the defacto starting right tackle, hurt his knee on a goal line play, and will need an MRI, Zorn said. Mike Williams, a veteran who has not played in years and recently shed 100 pounds to get prepared for camp, hurt his groin this morning as well. Starting right gaurd Randy Thomas remained out with a knee problem — though he says it is not severe — and Zorn said center Casey Rabach has a sore calf muscle. It’s early and many of these bumps and bruises might be easily overcome, but for a line that has been aging and brittle in recent years, it wasn’t a good sign.
Alas, this is the soundtrack to August, as heat and physicality and the sheer nature of the game lead to a growing list of the injured and ailing each day for coaches and trainers to announce.
It was a rough time for the offense for much of practice, though they came on a bit late. Rookie linebacker Brian Orakpo was flying around — more on him in the camp postcard I am putting together for NFL.com — and looked impressive.