A cold, windy Friday practice. I would say that the weather is good for getting the guys ready for Detroit, except that gametime temperature is guaranteed to be something like 71 degrees and windless, since Detroit still plays indoors.
Just a few notes today….
- I know Coach Zorn said that Clinton Portis worked out yesterday morning and was fine, but it was still good to actually see him running the ball a bit today. After practice, Zorn marveled at Portis’s physical conditioning, but noted, “he feels better, feels better, feels better, and now he has to go and make it feel bad again.”
- The list of guys who didn’t practice or were limited was much shorter today: Cornelius Griffin and Shawn Springs, of course, per Zorn’s comments yesterday. Chris Samuels was out for a personal issue, but is expected to play. LaRon Landry rested today, but should play. Jason Taylor was out, although Zorn was able to tell us that they examined him and “there’s no infection … it’s just healing slowly.” Apparently they’ll do a lancing procedure on Monday to make sure the compartmental syndrom doesn’t recur, but he’ll be playing this Sunday and hopefully next Monday as well.
- Good day for the defense, highlighted by a great Carlos Rogers interception from in front of Fred Davis. Rocky McIntosh and Fred Smoot also had interceptions, and Smoot and Leigh Torrence both knocked down a few passes. “Couple days rest really helps to keep everything kosher,” Smoot said afterward.
- Smoot also noted again that the Friday practice is about “red zone, dotting I’s and crossing T’s,” and that what it looked like. The first-team offense looked crisp — Santana Moss especially has really had a good week of practice — and, as noted, the first-team defense was really flying around. I’m reiterating my disagreement with Peter King from earlier today: if something goes wrong for the Redskins this week, it’s not because they haven’t been focused on the game.