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Tough Start For the Draft Picks

Morning practice is over. LaRon Landry, the top pick, is still unsigned for now and not here. Two other draft picks, tight end Tyler Ecker and linebacker HB Blades, were carted off the field (updates on their injuries are not available yet), and another QB Jordan Palmer, looks rough thus far (thought it is quite early).

That leaves just LB Dallas Sartz, if you're keeping score at home. Didn't appear the injury to Blades was that severe (Ecker seemed to need a bit more assistance) but that's just guessing.

Otherwise, Randy Thomas was the only regular out. His knee is still bothering him and Joe Bugel, O Line coach, said he does not expect Thomas to be on the field until sometime next week as they take every precaution with his return ... Everyone sang Happy Birthday to tackle Chris Samuels before practice, as he turned 30 today. Bugel joked that Samuels shouldn't expect too many gaudy gifts from his teammates, since Chris can be pretty tight himself. "Chris has deep pockets," Bugel joked, "his hands just aren't able to reach all the way to the bottom of them." ... Linebacker Marcus Washington, who the coaches plan to use as an ed often, playing his his hand down, continues to work with the D Lineman during technique drills at the start of practice ... Former Redskins Joe Theismann has been on the field hanging around the QBs. Joe will be part of preseason broadcasts this season ...

Our guy Casey Bramlet chatted for a while today. He refuses to boast about being the final World Bowl MVP ever - and trust me I tried to get him to thump his chest - and said that despite rumors about the league going under, the final decision stunned some people in Germany. There were two years left on the operating agreements with the teams over there and the equipment guys in Hamburg, Casey's team, had just ordered $1 million worth of new gear when the NFL folded Europa. "I really loved playing over there, and the city of Hamburg had really started the take to the team the last three years," Bramlet said. "We got 35,000 people for our last game and lot of people were sad to see us go."

By Jason La Canfora  |  July 28, 2007; 11:29 AM ET
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