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Hamstring 'Grab' Slows Campbell

By Jason Reid and Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, May 8, 2008

Washington Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell has what the team described as a minor hamstring injury.

"He just felt it grab, it didn't pull all the way," Coach Jim Zorn said yesterday after the last of the team's three organized team activities this week at Redskins Park. "He was feeling his hamstrings all along, and I think it's because I have him" bending his knees more to stay at one level while dropping back.

Zorn certainly was not pleased that Campbell was injured, but "just the fact that different things are happening to his body . . . for me it's good," Zorn said. "He'll regroup. He's not a chronic hamstring-puller in my mind. He's going to be fine."

Several Redskins players had soft tissue and muscle injuries last season. Trying to minimize the length of time players were lost to hamstring, quadriceps and groin strains, the team used different stretching regimens late last season. Owner Daniel Snyder and Executive Vice President of Football Operations Vinny Cerrato brought up the issue of strains while interviewing potential coaching candidates.

Washington's roster is not particularly deep and the team is counting on key aging veterans to overcome injuries and surgeries from 2007. Last season, the rash of pulls and strains struck hard among defensive backs and along the offensive line and hindered starting wide receivers Santana Moss and Antwaan Randle El.

Randle El Recovering

After having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, Randle El was optimistic he will be ready to participate in the next series of OTAs. On crutches and with his knee wrapped, Randle El said loose cartilage was removed during a 35-minute procedure Tuesday and there were "no complications so far."

Randle El said he should be able to rejoin the Redskins for the second session of OTAs that begins June 2.

"It's something we want to make sure we take slow. We don't want to rush this thing," Randle El said.

"Certainly, I want to do some stuff in the OTAs in June. I don't want my first rep running full speed on it out there [during training camp]. I suspect I'll be ready to do something" in OTAs.

Randle El could not point to a specific play on which he injured the knee in either last weekend's minicamp or during the voluntary workout program that began in March. "I don't think it was . . . that I fell or that I twisted it a certain way in minicamp," he said. "Friday and Saturday I [practiced], played pretty well, and didn't have any problems.

"Saturday night it kind of [became swollen]. Sunday, I came in and it was a little bit too swollen to just overlook with just ice. We got an MRI and that's what we found. We had to get it cleaned up a little bit."

Randle El will rehabilitate the knee at the complex while he continues to study Zorn's version of the West Coast offense. "The biggest thing is that you want to make sure the muscles around [the knee] stay strong," he said. "You want to make sure that your quad muscles and your calf muscles don't drop off."

Making the Adjustments

After minicamp and the first round of OTAs, the Redskins are getting adjusted to Zorn's way of doing things.

"We got a good start," Moss said. "Everybody has a little feeling know [of] how Coach Z wants everything handled, as far as practice should be, how he likes us to go out there, tempo-wise, and everything. Now, we're just looking forward to putting everything together." . . .

Running back Clinton Portis sat out practice with a minor hip injury. Zorn said he could have been hurt when he raced safety LaRon Landry on Sunday.

Security Director Replaced

Jon Bean, the Redskins' director of security, was fired Monday, according to team sources. Contacted on his cellphone yesterday, Bean declined to comment other than to thank the Redskins for the opportunity, saying it was time for him to now "move on." A police officer for 25 years in Prince George's County, Bean was trusted and respected by players and coaches, team sources said. . . .

After former coach and team president Joe Gibbs retired, the Redskins reconfigured their management structure in football operations. Snyder promoted Cerrato, who has made some key moves, including recently re-signing Eric Schaffer, who oversees the salary cap and assists in contract negotiations, according to sources with knowledge of the situation. . . .

Art Monk and Darrell Green are celebrating their election to the Pro Football Hall of Fame with a tour and black-tie dinner for the Hilaron Foundation, which raises funds for the foundations of Monk (Good Samaritan) and Green (Darrell Green Youth Life). The goal is to raise $5 million over the next two years, according to Monk. The Route 281 Tour, which will feature appearances by Green, Monk and other Redskins, currently is scheduled to make eight stops, as close as Fredericksburg (July 19) and as far as Branson, Mo. (June 7). More locations will be added. Tickets to the Grand Gala, which will be held Sept. 6 at National Harbor, cost $2,500.

Staff writer Camille Powell contributed to this report.

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