Brunell misses afternoon practice


QB's calf injury minor

Campbell gets chance to take backup spot

Pro Football


ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell sat out yesterday afternoon's practice after getting kicked in the calf during the morning workout, but coach Joe Gibbs said that he didn't think the injury was serious.

With Brunell unable to practice, it gave Gibbs and offensive coordinator Al Saunders more of an opportunity to measure the progress of Jason Campbell and to see whether the second-year quarterback is continuing to make strides in assuming the backup role ahead of veteran Todd Collins.

Collins worked with the first team in the afternoon, and Campbell with the second team, but Gibbs said there was nothing to read into about their status going into Sunday's exhibition opener in Cincinnati.

Campbell was not going to worry about it either.

"I'm just going to continue to keep working," Campbell said. "Whatever the tables fall, I think each guy can go in and do a good job for the team."

Gibbs has stated that Brunell will likely start the four exhibition games, but that Campbell will get an extended look. Collins has the advantage of having run the offense Saunders used in Kansas City and brought with him to Washington. Between his time with the Redskins and his career at Auburn, this marks the sixth offense Campbell has had to learn in as many seasons.

"I feel like there's a lot that we put in and I've learned a lot in a short amount of time, the main thing for me is to continue to get comfortable," Campbell said.

Brunell was not the only player to sit out in the afternoon. Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd, hoping to gain a starting position opposite Santana Moss, tried to practice in the morning but came out quickly because of a hip injury.

Rogers is back

Cornerback Carlos Rogers returned to practice after missing a few days because of back spasms.

The most serious injury remains the torn lateral meniscus cartilage suffered by backup offensive tackle Jim Molinaro on Monday. Bubba Tyer, the Redskins director of sports medicine, said last night that Molinaro will undergo arthroscopic surgery today. The timetable for his return is uncertain.

First fight

After a quiet opening week, the Redskins punctuated their last two-a-day session with their first skirmish of the preseason. It took place in the morning, when veteran offensive tackle Jon Jansen took exception to what he thought was a late hit to fullback Mike Sellers by rookie safety Reed Doughty.

During a blocking drill, Doughty hit Sellers out of bounds, and Jansen had words with free-agent rookie defensive tackle Kedric Golston. Some punches were thrown, and the coaches did nothing to break things up before a few other players did.

Former Terp cut

For the second time in three years, former Maryland defensive back Dennard Wilson failed in his bid to play for the Redskins because of a training camp injury. Wilson, who is from Largo, was waived yesterday after also suffering a torn meniscus. Two years ago, Wilson broke his fibula. Wilson was replaced on the training camp roster by Ben Emanuel, a fifth-round pick of the Carolina Panthers in 2005 who played in 11 games last season with the San Francisco 49ers.

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