Carlos Rogers/Morning Practice Report
Carlos Rogers was able to take part in some limited individual drills, and kept his helmet on for much of the two-hour practice, but is being watched very closely. He is itching to return ASAP, but is coming off major injuries to his anterior cruciate and medial collateral ligaments. Any sort of setback could be extremely costly.
Zorn said the trainers are working with Rogers to keep him from pushing too hard. His type of injury is generally a year-long one, and Rogers underwent surgery in November. In the meantime, Shawn Springs and Fred Smoot were with the first-team, and Leigh Torrence had a strong showing as the third corner. If Rogers does indeed begin the season on the physically unable to perform list, then the battle for the third corner could be very interesting.
Zorn said he was also impressed with the speed that WR Antwaan Randle El displayed in his first real action back after having his knee scoped.
And Zorn had yet to speak to Springs - who did not take part in the final OTA session in June - but planned to soon. Springs did not return Zorn's calls at that time - Springs was privately considering retirement - but the coach said he is fine with the situation and that Springs looks ready to go.
Springs trained relentlesssly in the offseasoon even when mulling retirement. (For the full scoop on Shawn's difficult offseason, check out: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/18/AR2008071802931.html
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