Redskins Report: August 26th

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Will LaRon Landry play? What is a big difference between Zorn and Gibbs according to Clinton Portis? Which CB had a big day at practice today? Which Offensive Linemen ran sprints after practice? All that and more, right here...

...OK, one day LaRon Landry isn't going to play in the preseason finale. The next day? There's a chance. Landry ran around well in practice today and coach Jim Zorn said afterward that he might be able to play Thursday. Whether or not he does, it's a good sign that there's even a chance. Yesterday, Landry sounded as if he wasn't even sure of the season opener, let alone the Jacksonville game.

...Jon Jansen's bruised foot is fine, but he won't play Thursday.

...The common theme that pops up when players talk about Jim Zorn is honesty. Clinton Portis also talked today about how Zorn isn't afraid to call out players. Joe Gibbs always blamed himself, often to the detriment of the team. These guys are pros and make millions; call them out if you need to. Gibbs was afraid to do that the second time around. Zorn is not. Again, don't know what that means but that is a difference between the two.

...You'll be pleased to know this: The offensive linemen worked an awful lot on sliding their feet and using their hands, with the tackles focusing on when to "punch" the defensive linemen (after several slide steps, then they punch). I haven't seen them work as much on that in a long time.

...Fred Smoot had a big day in practice, breaking up a pass to Clinton Portis, jumping a slant pass to Mo Mann for an interception and picking off another ball later in practice.

...The defensive players very much still like Gregg Williams. Think they always will. But, despite what Williams said in the Post today, there's no chance he'd ever be hired to coach the Redskins again. Kind of a silly thing to say. I'll say it again: he and Vinny would have been a bad mix. Period. Doesn't make one side right or wrong; it's just the way it is.

...Gotta love Derek Devine. The kid has no chance of sticking on the roster, but he's one of the hardest workers on the team. He took part in the boxing sessions every Friday during the offseason and today he spent time after practice working on his drops and throwing passes to Mann.

...Meanwhile, some of the offensive linemen that ran sprints afterward? Tavares Washington, Chad Rinehart, Randy Thomas and Chris Samuels.

John Keim covers the Redskins for the Washington Examiner and is a contributing editor for He has covered the team since 1994. Some of his other stories can be found at

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