Minicamp Ends with Talk of Cowboys, Orakpo
Drenched players just came off the field at Redskins Park after a slightly abbreviated practice on the final day of minicamp. Coach Jim Zorn cut two periods of work to keep things streamlined, but said that despite the soggy conditions, "We actually got some work done."
Zorn said that members of Washington's staff have been in contact with the Dallas Cowboys after a storm destroyed the team's bubble yesterday during a rookie camp, injuring 12 people. Zorn said special teams coach Danny Smith spoke with Dallas special teams coach Joe DeCamillis, who was hospitalized.
DeCamillis, who has broken broken bones in his lower back, is the son-in-law of former coach Dan Reeves. Reeves told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Saturday night: "As far as we know, he has to have some surgery. They say he is lucky he is not paralyzed."
"I asked our guys, if you're a praying man, to really remember those guys," Zorn said. "What a tragedy that is. How unpredictable that must be. Fortunately, they didn't have 115 guys in that bubble at that time because there might have been a lot more injuries. So we're thankful that there were very few."
Zorn, who asked for a practice bubble when he was hired here a year ago, said he is still holding out hope the team will build an indoor practice facility of some sort.
First-round draft pick Brian Orakpo was effective in his first pro work this weekend, coaches said. Linebackers Coach Kirk Olivadotti was impressed with how Orakpo, a college defensive end, started to fit in at strong side linebacker, Zorn said.
Linebacker Cody Glenn, a fifth-round pick, was added to the injured list after pulling his hamstring Saturday, but he should be fine for training camp, Zorn said.
Veteran Jon Jansen, in an uphill fight for a starting spot at right tackle, continued to take work at guard and at center through mini-camp. The team lacks a proven back-up center.
Jason La Canfora
May 3, 2009; 11:10 AM ET
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