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Moore Out 2-3 Weeks; Brown, Friedman Step In

08/12/2003

Training Camp Report, August 12 (Morning)

Offensive lineman Wilbert Brown saw the bulk of playing time at center during this morning’s practice. Starting center Larry Moore sprained his knee during yesterday’s practice and according to head coach Steve Spurrier is expected to miss 2-3 weeks.

Moore had an MRI on his knee this morning. He is expected to be back before the start of the regular season, Spurrier said.

“We have Wilbert Brown and Lennie Friedman working at center right now,” Spurrier said. “They’ll alternate through the game this Saturday against New England. Hopefully, Larry will be out just two weeks and he’ll get back for the last preseason game.”

Brown, a three-year veteran, spent last year with the Redskins. He started nine games and appeared in 14, playing mostly at left guard.

After yesterday afternoon’s intense practice, emotions were a bit calmer this morning. Here’s a look at some of the highlights from this morning’s practice:

Player: With the safety positions among training camp’s most heated competitions, Andre Lott has stepped up his play in recent practices. This morning, he hauled in two interceptions, including one during a scrimmage in which he stepped ahead of rookie wide receiver Taylor Jacobs and intercepted a Rob Johnson pass.

Play: Wide receiver Cliff Russell dropped a pass during 7-on-7 drills, but he caught everything his way during a brief scrimmage. He beat first-year cornerback Larry Austin on a deep sideline route and hauled in a difficult, over-the-shoulder catch.

Quote: “Larry Moore is the core of the offensive line. He makes the blocking calls and communicates to all the players where they need to go.” – left guard Dave Fiore, on how important Moore is to the Redskins' offense

Atmosphere: Several enterprising fans posted signs to entice players for autographs. One sign read, “Will trade brownies for autographs.” Another sign wished defensive end Regan Upshaw a happy birthday—he is 28 today. Among the players who signed autographs after practice were Upshaw, Jeremiah Trotter, Bernard Jackson and Renaldo Wynn.

Notes: Running back Ladell Betts returned to the practice field, but did not participate in contact drills…Second-year tight end Robert Royal has seen increased playing time with the first team. Last year’s starter, Zeron Flemister, responded to the competition with two catches during this morning’s practice…The Redskins will hold one practice on Wednesday morning, at 9 a.m.

-- Compiled by Gary Fitzgerald

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