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Redskins Sign Punter Groom On Eve of Camp

Friday, April 29, 2005

The Washington Redskins signed punter Andy Groom yesterday after releasing wide receiver Gari Scott.

Washington's roster remains at the NFL maximum oééf 80 for rookie camp, which starts today at Redskins Park. The three-day camp, with almost 70 players expected, is closed to the public.

Groom originally signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2003 as an undrafted free agent from Ohio State. He set the school's record for punt average, at 45 yards, by breaking the old mark by Tom Tupa -- who is coming off a strong 2004 season in Washington.

Meantime, the contractual issues that have caused the voluntary-workout absences of wide receiver Santana Moss and safety Sean Taylor don't appear to be any closer to a resolution. Agent Drew Rosenhaus, who represents both players, declined to comment yesterday.

Coach Joe Gibbs has noted that 61 of 64 players have been working out, giving the Redskins a high attendance figure. Wide receiver Rod Gardner, who has been on the trading block, is not expected to attend.

Redskins Notes: Chevon Troutman, the former University of Pittsburgh power forward, will be among the players trying out. The 6-foot-6, 240-pounder reportedly hasn't played a football game since he was a junior in high school. Troutman will try to make the roster as a tight end. . . .

Offensive linemen Chris Samuels, Derrick Dockery and Mark Wilson were on hand yesterday for the Redskins All Stars Awards Ceremony as more than $100,000 in charitable grants were awarded to several organizations.

-- Nunyo Demasio

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