Safety Sean Taylor participated in his first training camp session yesterday after suffering a right knee sprain last week. Taylor, the fifth overall pick of the draft, participated in full contact drills -- although he is still being held out of exercises that put significant stress on his knee -- and seemed fine afterward.
Taylor made a point of signing an abundance of autographs after practice, which lasted about two hours, but did not respond to several questions from the media about his knee and how it felt to be involved in his first NFL practice. Taylor has switched his number again, going back to No. 36 after wearing No. 37 while on the sidelines Saturday, and has given the team no indication of when he might speak publicly again.
"I think in general he's probably a little reluctant to talk to the press," Coach Joe Gibbs said.
Taylor was not on the field with the first unit during nine-on-nine drills and did not have any balls thrown in his vicinity. The training staff worked out Taylor in the morning and cleared him to do as much as he felt comfortable doing in the afternoon.
Daniels Misses Practice
Defensive lineman Phillip Daniels missed practice with a slight abdominal pull and said he is not sure when he will return to drills. Daniels said the injury is not serious but he is experiencing discomfort and will be evaluated again before today's morning session. The Redskins will practice at 9 a.m. and again at 4:30 p.m.
"It's just precautionary, really," Daniels said. "I practiced the first day and kind of felt it and I had it during minicamp. . . . But I'll be back, and right now I'm just doing a lot of extra cardio and extra things to stay in shape."
Tackle Kenyatta Jones (sprained ankle), tackle Brandon Winey (ankle sprain), linebacker Chris Clemons (ankle sprain), fullback Mike Sellers (ankle sprain) and wide receiver Cliff Russell (hamstring) are day-to-day with minor injuries.
Defense Looks Sharp
The defense, which has taken on an ultra-aggressive look under Gregg Williams, the assistant head coach-defense, presented major problems for the offense yesterday with linebacker LaVar Arrington storming to the quarterback several times while lined up as a defensive end. . . .
Tight end Sean Brewer, who was signed shortly before the start of camp, was released after the first day of practice. That move left the team with one opening on the roster, which they expect to fill by signing a player today. . . .
The contract holdout of tight end Kellen Winslow Jr., Cleveland's top draft pick and a player Washington strongly considered taking in the spot it chose Taylor, has not gone unnoticed within the front office. Winslow chose Carl and Kevin Poston as his agents -- they have clashed with Redskins management -- and turned down the same six-year deal worth up to $40 million that Taylor signed last week. Taylor and Winslow were teammates at Miami.