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Camp Practice Blog: Training Camp, Aug. 10

Redskins.com's training camp reports come to you as action happens on the Redskins Park practice fields.

We're back on Thursday afternoon after a closed practice session on Wednesday evening. It's a somewhat sober atmosphere early on, what with the status of offensive lineman Kili Lefotu still uncertain. As of noon, there was nothing new to report. He is improving, but remains hospitalized and under observation. 3:35 p.m. ET

It's a downcast day, but temperature is nice and humidity is reasonable. An occasional raindrop falls from the sky, but that shouldn't dampen the proceedings. Might have to cut the practice blog a little short this afternoon, so apologies in advance if it's briefer than previous blogs. 3:40 p.m. ET

As has become customary, coaches and players are on the far field in a walk-through practice. The focus seems to be on alignments. These training camp walk-throughs appear to be much different from regular season walk-throughs, which are closed to media. During the regular season, there is more focus on schemes designed for the upcoming opponents. 3:50 p.m. ET

Special teams coordinator Danny Smith arrives at practice. He stops and chats with a young boy on the way. "I might need some help today," he says, jokingly. "Some days, they have it, some days they don't." 3:52 p.m. ET

Cornerback Ade Jimoh has a sternum injury and is not practicing. Jimoh is expected to miss this Sunday's preseason game at Cincinnati, team officials said. 4:02 p.m. ET

Chris Cooley is wearing golden socks during practice, once again standing out among players. Cooley's socks are the same color as the quarterback jerseys. 4:20 p.m. ET

The David Lonie-Derrick Frost punting competition jumped up a notch during practice. During special teams punt drills, both Frost and Lonie looked impressive, booming several punts downfield at least 50 yards. Still, the pressure is off. Come Sunday, against the Bengals, both Lonie and Frost will be under a little more pressure. 4:30 p.m. ET

Now that David Lonie has gotten past the scrimmage, where he was clearly nervous, I suspect he'll turn in a better punting performance on Sunday night. 4:32 p.m. ET

Rock Cartwright is getting a lot of work this training camp. Al Saunders appears to be relying on him to take the bulk of snaps so that Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts aren't overworked. One time, Cartwright was stopped hard by linebacker Robert McCune on a running play Cartwright, to his credit, has been a workhorse.. 4:40 p.m. ET

During 7-on-7 work, Mark Brunell threw a deep sideline pass to Brandon Lloyd, who was well covered by Shawn Springs and Sean Taylor. The pass was overthrown. Shortly after the play, Brunell and Lloyd stood side-by-side on the sidelines talking about the play. Brunell signaled with his hands to explain he read the coverage by Springs and Taylor. 5 p.m. ET

Clinton Portis was just carted off the practice fields. It looks like he's fine, though. He got up from the cart and jogged into the Redskins Park facility. Could be just a bathroom break or something. 5:05 p.m. ET

Shifting from 7-on-7 work to 11-on-11s, a referee jogged downfield and pulled up beside Mark Brunell. The veteran quarterback playfully grabbed the yellow flag from the referee's pocket and tossed it, drawing a hearty laugh from the ref. (Thanks to Liza for catching that one.) 5:15 p.m. ET

Clinton Portis is back on the practice field. He just took a handoff from Todd Collins and broke through the line for a modest gain. All is well with Portis. 5:25 p.m. ET

Time for some 11-on-11 work:

  • Apparently, Al Saunders loves to cross up Gregg Williams' defense. On the first play of 11-on-11s, Saunders called a reverse, with Santana Moss flashing his highlight-reel speed for a solid pickup.
  • Reed Doughty is proving that he is a leader on the field. At one point, Doughty lined up across from tight end Christian Fauria. He quickly noticed that no one was covering Chris Cooley. Doughty pointed and shouted to a nearby linebacker to get into position.
  • Christian Fauria dropped a sure pass across the middle, eliciting a shout of frustration that could be heard across the Redskins Park compound.
  • It needs to be said that Clinton Portis occasionally wears his shorts too low and too loose. On one running play, Portis was tackled at the line of scrimmage by defensive tackle Vaka Manupuna, who got a hold of Portis's shorts and inadvertently pulled them down. Santana Moss also wears his shorts too low, but he's so fast that no one can catch him.
  • Santana Moss caught a short pass and turned upfield. In his way was cornerback Christian Morton, who was in position to lay a punishing tackle. Fortunately, Morton let up and let the speedy Moss run by.
  • Robert Johnson had a strong block on Robert McCune at the line of scrimmage, giving Mark Brunell plenty of time to complete a pass to Antwaan Randle El for a first down.
  • Again, it's Reed Doughty playing to the whistle and coming up with a hard hit. This time, he knocked down Clinton Portis on a run play. But Portis quickly got up and finished off the play.
  • It was a tough practice for wide receiver Richard Smith, a roster hopeful. First, he could not hold on to a sideline pass from Todd Collins, the ball just off his fingertips. Then he was leveled by Adam Archuleta, who jarred the ball from Smith's grasps.
  • As practice came to an end, Brandon Lloyd took a football and boomed a punt downfield. "Sign him up," one fan yelled.

Just one more open practice for fans: next Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 4 p.m. ET.

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