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News & Notes: Randle El Still On Sidelines

Antwaan Randle El is expected to sit out the team's remaining OTA practices as he continues to rehab from arthroscopic knee surgery on May 5.

"It looks like I'm going to wait until training camp" to return to the practice fields, the veteran wide receiver said.

Randle El said he was still experiencing some soreness in the knee. Arthroscopic knee surgery is usually a 4-6 week rehab.

Randle El had the procedure to remove some loose bodies within the knee.

Asked how the knee feels four weeks removed from surgery, Randle El replied: "It feels pretty good, it's just that when you are cutting, you want to make sure you don't have any pain at all and I am still experiencing some of that."

He admitted it was a "little frustrating" to watch Monday's practice from the sidelines.

"You have to be smart about it, though," he said. "You have to be ready when you're needed, and I may not be needed until training camp."

Randle El wasn't concerned about falling behind in learning the Redskins' new offense.

"This is not something that's going to keep me from being ready for training camp," he said. "I'll have training camp to get a little bit sharper before we actually start the season."

Randle El is coming off a solid season in which he had a career-high 51 catches for 728 yards and one touchdown. He also returned 34 punts for a 6.1-yard average.

Randle El sat out the Week 12 game against Buffalo last year due to a hamstring injury. It was the first game that Randle El had missed in his NFL career.


Vernon Fox underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on May 29, a procedure that will likely sideline him until training camp.

"He is coming right along [post-surgery]," Jim Zorn said.

Fox served as a backup safety and special teams standout last season. He finished with 16 special teams tackles last season.

Rookie safety Kareem Moore, one of three sixth-round draft choices by the Redskins last April, remains sidelined after undergoing the knee scope two days after the draft.


Rookie quarterback Colt Brennan took his first snaps as a Redskin, participating in individual drills during Monday's practice.

Brennan is nearing the end of his rehab assignment. He had hip surgery in early April.

Because of the surgery, coaches are bringing Brennan along slowly. If he impresses in preseason, he could be the Redskins' third quarterback in 2008.

Brennan was one of three sixth-round draft picks by the Redskins in the NFL Draft last April.


Second-year tight end Tyler Ecker must feel like the forgotten Redskin.

He re-aggravated a groin injury this offseason and was not available for Monday's OTA practice. It was the same injury that sidelined him all of the 2007 season.

"He has had a nagging groin injury and he is rehabbing," Jim Zorn said. "We are taking it slow so he doesn't continue to re-injure it. It is a matter of his body feeling right and it is a matter of him being able to push hard and not be concerned about it."

Ecker was the Redskins' seventh-round draft choice in 2007.


Kedric Golston returned to the practice fields on Monday, one month after suffering an ankle injury during mini-camp.

Golston was sidelined for the Redskins' first set of OTAs.

He played in 15 games last yeaer, logging 18 tackles and one sack. He made an impact on special teams with a blocked field goal attempt and a blocked PAT attempt.

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