Retirement seemingly is the thing to do in professional sports these days. But Washington Redskins cornerback Darrell Green -- who is five years older than the team's new owner, Daniel M. Snyder -- said today that he never considered retiring during the offseason.

Green, 39, began his 17th training camp with the Redskins today, and said: "Hopefully I'm not just dragging along. I'm playing. I'm starting. I'm contributing. That's a greater thrill for me."

He refuses to put a timetable on how much longer he will play, saying the game still is challenging to him on the field and allows him to accomplish what he wants to do off the field in terms of his charitable endeavors.

The Redskins hope they will have one of the league's best cornerback tandems by putting rookie Champ Bailey across from Green. Green already began to serve as Bailey's mentor during the Redskins' minicamp, and he said he hopes the educational process will continue here.

"The wide receivers respect him already, which says a lot," Green said. "They might say something different, but I know they respect him. . . . I don't want to overteach, but I won't let things go wrong and make him learn on his own. I want to establish a feeling in him that I'm approachable."

Hicks: No Comment

Running back Skip Hicks declined to comment on a Los Angeles Times report identifying him as having a significant role in the scandal involving the use of handicapped parking permits by UCLA football players. According to the report, linebacker Ali Abdul Azziz told police that he'd learned how to falsify parking applications from Hicks, who graduated from the school in 1997. Police chose to investigate only those players with current handicapped permits. . . .

The Washington Redskins' defense was the star of the first practice of training camp to involve the entire team. Safety Leomont Evans had a nice hit on wide receiver Albert Connell. Linebacker Greg Jones flew past tackle Shar Pourdanesh. And when defensive end Marco Coleman roughed up guard Brad Badger, the crowd of approximately 100 cheered.

"The offense can't move the ball," one fan taunted. "The defense has 'em going!"

Afterward Coach Norv Turner praised the tempo of the two-hour session and acknowledged Coleman's impact, as well as the aggressive play of defensive tackle Dana Stubblefield. "Those two guys over, I think, they are going to develop a chemistry and a feel for playing together," Turner said. "I think that side of the line is going to be very difficult to run against." . . .

Former all-pro defensive end Jim Marshall, hired by Snyder to be a consultant through the preseason, shared a warm embrace with Bobby Mitchell on the sideline when he arrived at camp today. But Marshall declined to comment about his role with the team. . . .

Running back Stephen Davis limped off the field during practice and did not return. Trainer Bubba Tyer said Davis was suffering from heat-related cramps. Tight end Kevin Pesak twisted his right ankle during Wednesday's indoor practice in the gym and did not practice this afternoon. . . . The Redskins have waived safety Greg Evans and re-signed wide receiver Junior Lord.