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Paintball Experiment Backfires on Landry

By Howard Bryant
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, June 16, 2007

Washington Redskins rookie safety LaRon Landry will miss the team's three-day minicamp because of a groin injury suffered during a team paintball contest this week.

Landry was on a sideline at Redskins Park wearing a baseball cap yesterday during the first day of minicamp, but left the field before the two-hour workout ended. Coach Joe Gibbs said Landry could be available for tomorrow's final day, but that Landry most likely would not practice.

The Redskins have about five weeks off between the end of the minicamp and the start of training camp on July 27.

In an attempt to build camaraderie, each position group engaged in some form of team-building activity, Gibbs said. The defensive backs played paintball. Landry, who was selected as the sixth overall pick in the NFL draft and still is unsigned, was injured on Wednesday. Later in the week he told his coaches that he felt worse than expected.

"It was kind of bizarre, but every now and then something like that happens," Gibbs said, adding that he considered the injury a freak accident and had no plans of barring his players from paintball games.

Pierson Prioleau, who missed the 2006 season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on the opening kickoff against Minnesota, is considered the unofficial starter at strong safety until Landry proves he is ready to assume the role.

Family Is First

Shawn Springs left practice early after his week-old son was readmitted to the hospital with jaundice. His son will be hospitalized for one or two days. Springs is expected to return to practice today.

"Depending on the level of jaundice, he'll be there 24 or 48 hours," Springs said.

After missing the majority of the team's preseason workouts, Springs arrived for the final week of practice June 5. Fred Smoot took his place in team drills. Springs is expected to return for the two remaining days of minicamp.

"He was here and he was ready to go, but his baby had to be readmitted," Gibbs said. "He's having issues. It's tough."

Thomas Recovering

As expected, right guard Randy Thomas will miss the three-day workout as he recovers from right knee surgery. Third-year offensive lineman Williams Whitticker took his place during drills instead of Jason Fabini and Mike Pucillo. Defensive ends Phillip Daniels and Renaldo Wynn participated in individual but not team drills as both recover from injuries. Demetric Evans lined up at left end with Andre Carter on the right side. . . .

Linebacker Rocky McIntosh missed yesterday's workout, as his wife gave birth to a baby boy Wednesday. . . . Running back Clinton Portis, who is recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery and was expected to be out for minicamp, did not participate in individual drills but joined in a couple of series with the offense and caught a pass during seven-on-seven drills. "We knew he was close, but we left it up to him," Gibbs said. . . .

Gibbs said a priority for the team is to sign tight end Chris Cooley, who is in the final year of his rookie contract. Cooley, along with wide receiver Santana Moss, is the Redskins' top receiving threat. "We'd love to have that," Gibbs said of getting Cooley under a long-term contract.

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