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News & Notes: Landry Returns to OTAs

LaRon Landry was back at Redskins Park on Tuesday, participating in the team's OTA practice.

Landry said he missed Monday's practice to attend to a family matter.

"I came back and I'm ready to work," he said. "I'm ready to play some football."

The OTAs are voluntary for players to attend, although head coach Jim Zorn jokingly likes to say they are "voluntary mandatory."

Landry said he spoke briefly with Zorn on Tuesday morning before heading out to practice.

"We got everything squared away," Landry said.

Said Zorn: "LaRon came in and practiced hard as though he had been here all the time. We are excited about him being here."

The 6-0, 213-pound safety is in his second NFL season. He was drafted by the Redskins with the sixth overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft.

He proved to be a burgeoning talent, finishing his rookie campaign with 97 tackles and 1.5 sacks. He also logged two interceptions in the Redskins' Wild Card playoff game at Seattle.

Meantime, Santana Moss was back at Redskins Park on Tuesday and participating in practice. He had missed Monday's OTA session due to the flu.


Shawn Springs did not attend Tuesday's OTA session. He is the only Redskins player absent from the team's off-season practices.

Jim Zorn said he has not been in contact with Springs.

"We are still wondering where Shawn Springs is, but he knows what he is doing," Zorn said.

In years past, Springs has preferred to work out on his own in Arizona. He is entering his 12th NFL season.

Springs's absence drew strong comments from Phillip Daniels on Tuesday.

"As a veteran, I would expect him to be here," Daniels said. "We need him to be a leader of that [cornerbacks] group back there. He's the oldest, so you have to show that leadership. The young guys in the secondary, they need that.

"There might be a reason he's not here--I'm not sure. But at the same time, if there's no reason...It's my 13th year and I'm here. Be here. Be a leader. That's how it is."


Jim Zorn dropped back and in perfect form lofted a pass downfield to Santana Moss.

The pass was overthrown, to the delight of Fred Smoot who was covering Moss.

Zorn threw his arms up in frustration at himself for missing Moss during Tuesday's OTA practice.

"My biggest discouragement of the day was missing Santana," Zorn said. "Smoot was the guy that I wanted. So we had a little competition going and he's got me 1-0 right now.

Zorn, of course, played quarterback in the NFL for 11 seasons, mostly with the Seattle Seahawks.

As a coach, he tries to "steal a rep here or there" during practice, but he knows that's not his place anymore.

"We have a lot of work to do out here," Zorn said. "I got challenged by Fred Smoot, so I had to take care of some business. And I had him, too."

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