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Camp Draws 14,000 Over Weekend

First it was kicker John Hall nailing a 50-yard field goal that drew the "oohs" and "aahs" from the training camp crowd.

Then it was Ralph Brown laying a hit on rookie tight end Chris Cooley on a pass play, drawing a chorus of "Whoahs" from fans watching nearby.

It continued with Patrick Ramsey connecting with Laveranues Coles on a 20-yard pass. Ramsey pumped his fist into the air as fans applauded.

The Redskins wrapped up the second day of training camp on Sunday and there was plenty of on-field action for fans to get excited about. It seemed every other play drew some type of reaction, whether it was an ovation for Ramsey or words of encouragement to Fred Smoot covering Pro Bowl wide receiver Laveranues Coles.

For the second day in a row, Joe Gibbs termed practice as "rough."

"Everybody's got a good attitude and everybody's going after things, but we're not in a groove," Gibbs said. "Hopefully we'll keep progressing and get better as we go."

The final attendance count for the weekend: approximately 14,000 fans were in attendance for two practices on Saturday and the one Sunday practice.

Perhaps the biggest news of the practice was rookie Sean Taylor returning to action after spraining his left knee last week. He contributed during a 7-on-7 drill, covering Clinton Portis on one play and recovering a fumble on another. Taylor also wore jersey No. 36 for the practice, swapping jerseys with cornerback Rufus Brown.

"Sean took some work," Gibbs said. "We eased him back into it."

With Taylor on the field, the defense seemed to pick up its intensity, at least as far as hitting was concerned. At one point, Mike Barrow tackled Chad Morton on a pass play and after the play offered to give the running back a hand. Instead, Morton got up on his own and scooted down the sidelines, drawing laughter and applause from fans.

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