Tryon is happy to be with Colts
The Redskins aren't in the playoffs, but several former Washington players and coaches still have football games to worry about. Jim Zorn in Baltimore, Sherman Smith and Jerry Gray in Seattle, Shaun Suisham in Pittsburgh. And perhaps one of the most surprising: Indianapolis Colts starting cornerback Justin Tryon.
Speaking Wednesday from the Colts' locker room in Indianapolis, Tryon said getting traded from the Redskins was a big opportunity, and he's taken full advantage of his time with a new team.
"The crossover was wonderful," Tryon said. "It's a huge blessing."
Tryon was a fourth-round draft pick in 2008 for the Redskins and came to Washington with big expectations. Mike Shanahan and his staff apparently decided that he didn't fit into their plans, though. He was traded following training camp to Indianapolis, where he's become a key contributer down the stretch. The Colts' Jerraud Powers was placed on injured reserve last month and Kelvin Hayden suffered a neck injury. So Tryon started the Colts' final four games of the regular season and if Hayden can't go this weekend against the New York Jets - Hayden hasn't practiced this week - Tryon will get the call.
The playing time apparently isn't the only difference, Tryon said.
"This is night and day from D.C. It's night and day," he said. "The guys here are more, I'm not going to say - the guys here are, it's work. It's work and less play. It's less play, it's less moseying around. It's standard here to go to the playoffs, it's standard here to be your own team. There, it was more of a fashion show. Here. . . it's hey, let's go to work today."
He said the Redskins were too stacked at cornerback for him to break through, and he had good things to say about Shawn Springs, Fred Smoot, DeAngelo Hall and Carlos Rogers. "I learned so much from those guys," he said.
And he still talks to Redskins Hall of Famer Darrell Green every other week or so, he said.
Police are investigating an altercation in a D.C. nightclub early Thursday in which Redskins tight end Fred Davis and a Baltimore woman allegedly threw drinks in each other's faces. The incident occurred about 1 a.m. in Josephine, a dance club at Vermont and L streets NW, and the woman, who told authorities she is an "NFL consultant," suffered a cut lip in the commotion, a police report says. No charges have been filed.
Davis, 24, who could not be located to comment, is not named in the report, but the Redskins acknowledged that his behavior at the club is the focus of a police inquiry. "We are attempting to gather all the facts and will defer comment until that process is complete," the team said in a statement. The woman, Makini R. Chaka, 31, also declined to comment, except to confirm that the incident involved Davis.
The report, which identifies Davis only as "S1," (short for "suspect") says Chaka told police that she threw a drink in S1's face after he grabbed her wrist and used an obscenity. Minutes later, S1 threw a drink in her face on the dance floor, she told police.
Security video shows that Chaka "attempted to go after S1" but was "prevented by people between them," one of whom "elbowed" her by accident, cutting her lip, the report says.
- Rick Maese and Paul Duggan