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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

COUNTDOWN TO KICKOFF

43

Days until the Giants host the Redskins on Sept. 4

TODAY'S SCHEDULE

When: 8:30 a.m. practice open to the public; 2 p.m. closed practice.

Where: Redskins Park, Ashburn.

Admission, Parking: Free.

Updates: 703-726-7411.

FRESH FACE: CHRIS HORTON

During the second week of offseason training activities in early June, rookie S Chris Horton said his goal each day was to prove he belonged in the NFL.

At the end of training camp yesterday, his mind-set hadn't wavered.

"It's still the same stuff," Horton said of the differences between life as a rookie during OTAs and training camp. "Nothing has really changed except that we put pads on.

"There are no fears. This is football. I've been doing this for a long time. I'll just work hard every day and see how it plays out."

He's hoping it plays out to slipping on a burgundy jersey before kickoff on Sundays. He said defensive alignments have become a little more familiar. Recognizing offensive tendencies are becoming habit as well.

The seventh-round pick, 249th overall, has an opportunity to make an impact. Of the six safeties on the roster, only two have more than two years of experience. Vernon Fox, who is entering his seventh season, is the veteran of the group.

"He has come out here and worked hard," second-year S LaRon Landry said of Horton. "He's a competitor. He came out here the first day and tried to learn the defense and has taken to it very well."

Horton is hoping to learn more. Horton started 28 of 41 games at UCLA and had 238 tackles. With college success a faint memory, he wants to make an impact as a professional.

"It's fun. It's football," Horton said. "It's something you're used to doing every day. Obviously, it's a little bit harder, because you go a lot faster, but it has been fun."

ZORN WATCH

In a season of new experiences for Coach Jim Zorn, he survived an untraditional schedule glitch yesterday.

Shortly after 10 a.m., strong rain began to fall at Redskins Park, causing Zorn and his staff to end the morning session early. Fans were instructed to leave the area, and players entered position meetings immediately, not making themselves available to reporters as ominous storm clouds gained strength above the practice fields.

"I don't know what to say, because I haven't had this experience yet," Zorn said. "It's going to be a first time for everything all year long. Certainly this is something I knew happened here. Normally, storms like this happen later in the afternoon, but you just have to deal with it."

The team's morning exercises were almost complete. Zorn said players finished all but two morning drills. The storm passed approximately an hour later, and to compensate, coaches implemented additional workouts in the afternoon; what the team didn't complete in the morning was addressed later.

"He pretty much just kept it light after that, because we came out in pads earlier," WR Maurice Mann said following the afternoon practice. "We kept it light, and we worked on what we needed to work on earlier."

QUOTABLE

"I like double digits. Number 88 is a receiver, Number 77 is ugly, and Number 66 is a lineman, so Number 55 worked."

Jason Taylor, on why he chose 55 for his number

INJURY REPORT

RB Clinton Portis twisted his ankle toward the end of the first practice. He came back in the afternoon and received a jarring hit from LB H.B. Blades. . . . T Chris Samuels sat out the morning session because of stiffness in his surgically repaired elbow. . . . DE Erasmus James missed the second session because a knee injury suffered during the offseason.

NEXT UP

What: Hall of Fame Game

Who: Redskins vs. Indianapolis Colts

When: 8 p.m., Aug. 3, Canton, Ohio

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