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Camp Practice Blog: Training Camp, Aug. 7

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

Back from a busy Saturday and a quiet Sunday. Ready to get Redskins Training Camp Built by The Home Depot rolling again. Practice starts at 4:30 p.m. ET, and hopefully it won't be as sweltering as last week. 2:45 p.m. ET

Who to keep an eye on today? John Hall, for one. The veteran kicker missed two-of-three field goals in Saturday's scrimmage against the Baltimore Ravens. His health and consistency could be vital to the 2006 season. Others: tight end Robert Johnson, wide receiver Mike Espy and running backs Jesse Lumsden and Nehemiah Broughton. All four were impressive in the Ravens scrimmage. 3:15 p.m. ET

Carlos Rogers has arrived. He is jogging lightly on the practice fields, without pads on. That is a sign the second-year cornerback won't be practicing on Monday. He has been struggling with back spasms over the last five days. 3:40 p.m. ET

Once again, players are starting the afternoon action with a walk-through practice on the far practice field. Offense on one side, defense on the other. 3:55 p.m. ET

It's hot and sunny at the moment, but dark clouds and winds are brewing. Now there's thunder on the horizon. We could see an afternoon thunderstorm--and a rain delay. As one security guard just said as he walked by the Redskins.com TV tent: "Stand by..." 4:05 p.m. ET

Even with storm clouds and thunder on the horizon, the intensity of the coaching continues at Redskins Park. During the walk-through practice, Gregg Williams' booming voice can be heard reverberating, "Third and five, third and five. Third down and five." The defense is working on blitzes and coverage schemes. 4:14 p.m. ET

Practice has been delayed due to the oncoming storm. Fans have been asked to vacate the premises and head back to their vehicles until the storm has passed through. Even though fans are departing, the players and coaches are staying on the field for now. Knowing Joe Gibbs, the players will get as much on-field instruction as possible this afternoon. Gibbs does not want to lose any practice time. Ever. 4:20 p.m. ET

David Patten is working with the offense in the walk-through practice. He is back after being hospitalized last week with viral meningitis. 4:28 p.m. ET

With fans and media gone due to the approaching storm, it's like a closed practice now. Redskins.com will keep on reporting as long as we're allowed. 4:30 p.m. ET

The special teams specialists went to the main practice field to get some work in. Time to focus on John Hall. The veteran kicker was solid from all distances, including on 50-yard kicks. He nailed 5-of-6 from the distance. Still worried about him? Obviously practice is different from games, but that should help ease concerns. Afterwards, Hall worked on PATs and 20-yarders. Didn't miss once. 4:32 p.m. ET

How is Tyler Jones, the first-year kicker out of Boise State, doing? He was solid as well, connecting on two 50-yard field goals before... 4:34 p.m. ET

Coaches and players have finally left the practice fields. Many are now sitting in the back of the team's practice facility, waiting for the storm to pass. There's still thunder in the distance, but it remains sunny and hot. There's a chance the storm could pass by without a raindrop. 4:35 p.m. ET

Amazing. Still no rain, but there's thunder in the distance and the occasional strong gust of wind. Practice is still on hold. And this Redskins practice blog is turning into a weather blog. 5 p.m. ET

Lots of sky-gazers right now. Joe Gibbs is among them, standing out back with his eyes peeled to the sky, listening to weather updates and watching for lightning. Still, just very light rain. 5:05 p.m. ET

Let's leave it to quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor to announce that practice has finally resumed: "We're back in action." Players and coaches are heading back onto the field to get back to work. It was a 40-minute rain delay, if you keep track of those things. 5:15 p.m. ET

The rain is still coming down, maybe even a little heavier, but players are practicing again. The area is cleared of lightning, making it safe for practice. Media and fans with VIP passes are huddled inside tents. On the field, it's time for warm-ups. 5:19 p.m. ET

The rain has subsided. It appears that Carlos Rogers (back spasms), safety Curry Burns (hamstring), tight end Robert Johnson (ankle) and defensive lineman Nic Clemons (bruised knee) are not practicing this afternoon. 5:28 p.m. ET

It's always interesting to watch the types of drills that coaches come up with for practice. During special teams work, coach Danny Smith ran his charges through an interesting punt block drill. Players ran full-speed toward a punter holding the ball high and attempted to jar it loose from his hands. 5:40 p.m. ET

Looks like most of the fans have stayed through the rainstorm. Still a very good crowd along the sidelines watching practice. 5:43 p.m. ET

Offensive coaches and players worked on motions and sets. One time, a referee shouted out that several players weren't positioned correctly, prompting one fan to yell out, "It's practice, ref!" Al Saunders was having none of that. "Do it again!" he shouted. After the next rep, Saunders turned to the ref and said, "How was that?" The ref gave a thumbs up. 5:48 p.m. ET

The team is moving on to 11-on-11 work early in the practice, with the focus on running plays:

  • Sean Taylor rolled left and got in perfect position to tackle Rock Cartwright, holding him to a 3-yard gain.
  • Rock rebounded strongly. He ran right and followed strong blocking by Jon Jansen and Christian Fauria, running between the blocks and down the right sideline for a solid gain.
  • Joe Salave'a knows how to make his presence known, even if it's illegal. Salave'a jumped across the line of scrimmage and pushed Mark Brunell backwards before the snap. Brunell flipped over backwards. The play, of course, drew flags--and plenty of laughter.
  • Jesse Lumsden continues to impress. He burst through the left side of the line and weaved his way past tacklers for a sure touchdown.
  • Cedric Killings fended off a block by Mike Sellers--who was off-sides on the play--and limited Kerry Carter to a minimal gain.
  • On a run to the right, linebackers Khary Campbell and Chris Clemons kept Rock Cartwright from finding a hole, eventually shoving the running back out of bounds for no gain.
  • For young wide receivers, blocking is equally important as catching passes. Ataveus Cash showed plenty of fight in blocking cornerback Chris Hawkins, keeping him from making a play on the running back. The two pushed at each other hard. With cameras overhead, coaches will certainly take note of Cash's eagerness to block downfield.

Good news for fans: coaches will end practice later than the scheduled 6:30 p.m. ET time, due to the rain delay. 6:20 p.m. ET

Moving on to some red-zone, 11-on-11 work:

  • Mark Brunell and Mike Sellers fooled the Redskins' defense perfectly, connecting on a swing pass for an easy touchdown. It's the kind of play that worked time and again last season.
  • Rookie cornerback John Eubanks had solid position to stop wide receiver Taylor Jacobs on a wide receiver swing pass.
  • Kerry Carter broke several tackles to slip into the end zone for a touchdown.

From the I-can't-be-everywhere-at-once department, it turns out that offensive lineman Jim Molinaro sustained a knee injury during practice and was carted off the field. He is scheduled to have an MRI, team officials said. 6:45 p.m. ET

Just received word that safety Sean Taylor has been fined four game checks for violating the NFL Personal Conduct Policy. That means Taylor will not be suspended for any regular season games this season. Taylor will be able to recoup some of the money should he follow specified NFL requirements, according to the league. 7 p.m. ET

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