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Redskins shift to regular season schedule as training camp ends

The Redskins moved Wednesday toward a regular-season practice schedule, following the conclusion of training camp Tuesday..

Instead of an 8:30 a.m. practice and a 4:30 p.m. walk-through on each practice day, the team began Wednesday’s practice at 10:50 a.m., a schedule it generally will follow for the rest of the preseason. Regular season practices may begin later in the morning.

Training camp was quite different in 2011 because of the NFL lockout. There was no offseason conditioning program, so if players weren’t quite in shape when they reported for camp, they had to push through practices and drills while improving their conditioning at the same time.

“Camp was good this year, but not too bad,” tight end Fred Davis said. “With no two-a-days, it hasn’t been too bad. Coach [Shanahan] didn’t do them last year, but in 2007 with [Jim] Zorn, we were in pads two times a day.”

The Redskins didn’t experience any appparently serious injuries as a result of training camp.

Tight end Chris Cooley and return man Brandon Banks both have been limited by knees that were operated on previously. Safety LaRon Landry has worked to strengthen a strained Achilles’ tendon but is expected to be removed from the physically unable to perform (PUP) list on Wednesday. Kareem Moore (knee) continues to rehab an offseason knee surgery. And fellow safety Oshiomogho Atogwe has missed the last six practices with a hamstring injury.

Running back Ryan Torain broke his hand, but is expected to return before the end of preseason. But otherwise, there have been no season-threatening injuries during training camp.

Shanahan said he was pleased with the amount of work that his players got in during the last 2-1/2 weeks of camp. He thought they adapted well to practicing without a full roster during the first week and made a smooth transition when free agent additions were permitted to take the field on Aug. 4.

“Obviously, it was a little bit unusual,” the coach said. “Same amount of days, but a lot of guys came in, but didn’t get to practice until seven days into it. So it was a bit unusual. But I did think we got a lot done. Guys really approached it the right way.”

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.


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