Washington Redskins defensive tackle Dan Wilkinson missed a second day of minicamp yesterday because he was in Columbus, Ohio, following the birth of his fourth child.
While Coach Norv Turner said he had no problem with the player missing workouts for that reason, Turner said he felt Wilkinson "made an error" in not telephoning to let someone at Redskin Park know why he wouldn't be attending.
"I think when you have a child, you should miss whatever your obligations are," Turner said, asked whether it was an appropriate reason for an absence. "I think you should pick up the phone and let someone know you're going to miss."
On Monday, neither Turner nor defensive line coach Rubin Carter knew Wilkinson's whereabouts or why he wasn't on hand for the team's 10:45 a.m. workout.
Wilkinson's daughter, Sydne-Marie, 5 pounds 9 ounces, was born Saturday at 6:43 a.m. It was Tuesday morning by the time Turner heard from Wilkinson.
"He and I had had conversations about the fact that she was due on the 10th," Turner said. "I think he made an assumption that I knew his wife was in labor, and she was having the baby. I certainly didn't know that. He made an error in terms of communication. We visited about that this morning. He's going to get back here as soon as he can."
It is unclear whether Wilkinson will return before the end of minicamp on Thursday. He will not be fined or penalized in any way, team officials said. The eight-day minicamp is considered voluntary, although every other player on the roster -- barring injury or obligation to the NFL's World League -- has attended.
Andre Johnson, a spokesman for Wilkinson, said Wilkinson failed to call team officials over the weekend partly because the birth had come sooner than expected.
"I think everything came as a surprise to him," Johnson said. "Any time you have an addition to your family and to your life, you can become a little excited. On his behalf, he just got a little caught up. And not having a lot of sleep and dealing with all the family coming in, you kind of lose sight of what's going on."
Marc Boutte took over Wilkinson's duties at left defensive tackle for most of the two-hour practice, which featured some impressive plays. Cornerback Tim Denton, playing with a cast because of a broken bone in his left hand, made a one-handed interception of a pass by Rodney Peete intended for Michael Westbrook.
"I saw Mike run a five route behind me," Denton said. "I knew he was going to throw it out because he didn't think I saw him."
Wide receiver Nigel Williams, who played several seasons in the Canadian Football League, had several nice receptions.
"He's been impressive from the first day he got here in the offseason program," Turner said of Williams, 27. "He's a very mature player. He caught 60 balls for 1,000 yards in Canada last year. People say, `Well, that's Canada.' Well, a guy two years ago throwing the ball up there came in here in this league [quarterback Doug Flutie] and did pretty well. . . . I think Nigel Williams will help our football team."
Redskins Notes: Tight end Troy Sadowski, a 10th-year veteran acquired as a free agent partly for his long-snapping abilities, was released. The move was made after longtime long snapper Dan Turk was re-signed. . . . Denton is expected to remain in a cast for two weeks, then switch to a splint for another two weeks.