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Gruden scraps final day of Redskins minicamp practices

Players walk off the field after Tuesday’s minicamp practice. Instead of three days, the camp became two. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Redskins coach Jay Gruden decided to cancel the final day of minicamp practices as a reward to his players for the work they have put this offseason.

The Redskins this week held their mandatory minicamp and had 100 percent attendance, although several players had injuries that prevented them from actually practicing.

The team practiced in the morning on both Tuesday and Wednesday, with afternoon walkthroughs following each day. They were scheduled to practice on Thursday before breaking for the summer, but Gruden scrapped that session.

The players now have a five-week break until they report for training camp on July 23.

Gruden said on Wednesday that he also will give his assistants that time off. He planned, however, to continue making preparations at team headquarters, but did expect to give himself a brief getaway to visit his new grandchild in Florida.

“This is a break time for the coaches. The assistant coaches will probably go on vacation and spend time with family, because once they get back to Richmond, it’s not a lot of time to see their wife and kids,” Gruden said. “So it’s time for them to get away from football a little bit.

“The players’ standpoint, they have to continue to train and work on their own hopefully. Most of them are professionals and they’ll do that. We’ll see when they come to camp. They should be in good shape, but we’re still going to keep in touch, close contact with our strength coaches. They’ll have programs for them and hopefully they will do their work. And that’s what being a pro is all about. It’s about working not so much in front of your coaches, but on your own and hopefully we have the type of guys in this locker room that are going to work hard on their own and hopefully it’ll pay dividends once we come to camp.”

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Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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