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Redskins players wear thigh, knee pads during practice

Running back Roy Helu takes a pitch while fellow backs Keiland Williams, left, and Jawan Jamison await their turn. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

RICHMOND—Coach Mike Shanahan had his players in full pads, including knee and thigh pads, for the Washington Redskins training-camp practice Saturday.

That was a warmup for the players, with the NFL putting a rule into effect this season requiring players to wear thigh and knee pads during games.

“We just want to put them in a situation, before we play our first game, exactly what the rules are,” Shanahan said. “Most of the guys don’t feel a bit different. I think some of the veteran players who aren’t used to wearing [those] pads at all have a little adjustment to make. But they get used to it pretty quick.”

Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo said: “It felt great. We haven’t worn practice pants, I don’t think I’ve worn it since I’ve been a Redskin. It feels good to come out here and get used to the new equipment because that’s what we have to wear—primarily myself, I didn’t wear them—but just try to get acclimated to the new rules this year.”

But some grumbling about the new requirement continues. During warmups on the field Saturday, one player declared, “[Expletive] these knee pads!”

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What’s ahead:

● The Redskins are off Sunday. Practice resumes Monday at 10 a.m. and 3:20 p.m. If you’re headed to Richmond, check our our guide to training camp for tips on getting autographs, where to park and things to do after the session is over.

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Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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