If youd like to go to Redskins Training Camp, you can get your freepass now at www.csnwashington.comtrainingcamp. We also have an FAQ up that will hopefully answer your questions.When training camp opens on July 26 it appears that the Redskins will be flip-flopping the daily schedule they employed in 2011.Last year was the first under the new CBA regulations that essentially eliminated two-a-day practices. Only one practice each day can be in pads. The other is a walk through (or, as Mike Shanahan called it, a jog-through) during which helmets may not be worn and contact is prohibited.The walkjog throughs are important but they are dreadfully dull to watch. That is why last year they were not open to the public, only to the media. The full camp practices were held in the morning at 8:30 and the review session was in the afternoon.The Redskins announced yesterday that fans are invited to the afternoon practices starting at 2:55. Presumably, these are the full practices in pads meaning that the Redskins have flipped last years schedule.Why would they do this? Since the coaching staff is on vacation right now, we can only speculate. Perhaps they simply didnt like the way it worked last year. Remember that last year they literally had just a few days to plan out the training camp schedule as the CBA wasnt approved until late July. Maybe what seemed like a good idea at the time turned out to be less than ideal in practice.It also is possible that the presence of the practice bubble came into the decision making process. Washington is notorious for having afternoon thunderstorms in the heat of late July and August. Last year, without the indoor practice facility, a practice could get wiped out by a line of thunderstorms rolling through. This year, they have the option of moving an afternoon practice into the bubble if the weather is threatening.Camp will be at Redskins Park in Loudoun County this year. The deal to hold training camp in Richmond doesnt kick in until 2013. The agreement is for eight years so this year is your last chance to see the Redskins train locally until 2021.There will be 13 practices open to fans; thats up from 11 open practices last year. You can see the full schedule here and download your free pass to camp here.
By Jason Dobkin (@jasondobkin)
Stephen A. Smith mocked the Redskins on ESPN First Take on Monday after their loss to the Lions Sunday, continuing the back-and-forth between the team and the television personality.
He told the Redskins "bravo again" for losing the close game that apparently was enough to prove the point he made last week on the show that the Redskins had a loser's mentality and were "inept" and "nonexistent." Smith loudly took issue with Chris Baker's and Ricky-Jean Francois' declaration that the Redskins "run the East," saying they need to be focusing on the big picture.
Baker tweeted at him the next day, demanding respect, and Smith stuck to his guns the next day on First Take.
On Monday, Smith mocked Jay Gruden for defending his team at a press conference, where he said Smith was "out of line" for his comments and that he didn't know anything about who the Redskins were or the work they put in.
"And of course there’s the great Jay Gruden, because we know he’s great just by his name alone," Smith said. "Let’s be clear about that. We know that he’s great, [because he] takes time out of his busy schedule to comment about me."
"Who gives a damn about hard work?" he went on to say. "It's about results."
Baker held back from engaging with Smith on Twitter this time.
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While the Redskins are not yet out of the woods regarding Trent Williams’ knee injury, the news sounds better than Williams looked after the game on Sunday.
Jay Gruden confirmed an earlier report that an MRI revealed no structural damage to the left knee of the Pro Bowl left tackle. He went down near the end of the Redskins’ 20-17 loss to the Lions and he needed assistance to get back to the locker room. After talking to the press, he had a decided limp as he walked to the team bus.
“That’s [the MRI results] good news, but we have to still monitor him during the week and see how he does,” said Gruden.
Guard Brandon Scherff left the game briefly after suffering a sprained AC joint in his shoulder. “He’s sore,” said Gruden. “He’s a tough sucker, but he’s sore.”
Scherff will be monitored in practice as well.
Gruden also said that cornerback Bashaud Breeland is sore after suffering a sprained ankle. He missed two games with a right ankle injury earlier this season but Gruden said that his injury is to his left ankle.