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Redskins Get In Afternoon Practice

The Redskins managed to get an hour-long practice in on Monday afternoon after a rainstorm had passed over the team's training facility. The storm left some rather large puddles at various spots around several practice fields, including the Astroturf field.

Despite the shortened practice, the Redskins squeezed in plenty of work, including special teams drills and a red-zone scrimmage.

"We had some good work on the turf and we tried to get what we could get out of it," Gibbs said afterwards. "The only thing you can point to right now is good attitude and hard work. I think guys will start to separate themselves little by little."

One player who has alrady separated himself is wide receiver Laveranues Coles, who had an impressive afternoon at camp.

First he made an acrobatic catch on a deep pass to the corner of the end zone, leaping over Rashad Bauman for the catch. Later, Coles dove for another deep pass, but it bounced off his hands. He landed in a puddle of water, drawing applause from fans for his efforts.

One of the subplots of training camp has been Coles' right toe injury. He injured the toe in Week 2 last year, but it lingered into the offseason. Coaches limited some of his off-season workouts, but with training camp here, it's full speed ahead. He now wears a protective sole in his shoe.

"Once you get started and get into a ball game, it is the last thing on your mind," he said. "I don't want to keep harping on it because I don't want it to be an excuse. Guys play with nagging injuries all the time. That's just part of the sport."

Meantime, Redskins players marveled at a dedicated group of fans who stayed through the storm to watch the shortened practice and get autographs.

"The fans here today are out in hurricane-like weather to support us," cornerback Shawn Springs said. "You know you are in the right place when you see that."

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