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Redskins' Training Camp Site Still Uncertain


The Redskins continue to explore options for the site of 2011 training camp.

Team officials, including general manager Bruce Allen, recently evaluated George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., as a possible site.

On Friday, Tom O'Connor, director of athletics for George Mason University, issued the following statement:

"Bruce Allen and his staff have been terrific through the preliminary process as they evaluate George Mason University as a possible training camp site. As a result of the current situation, at this time we cannot provide the Redskins organization with certainty that all the necessary facilities will be available during the time needed this August.

"We hope to continue the relationship and potentially bring the Washington Redskins to the campus in the future."

Allen also issued the following statement on Friday:

"We recently had the opportunity to explore George Mason University as a possible site for training camp. We are excited about the first-class facilities at the university and will continue to work with their administration for a future partnership.

"Once a decision is made, we will make an announcement at the appropriate time."

The Redskins have held training camp at Redskins Park, the team's year-round practice facility in Ashburn, Va., every year since 2003.

Head coach Mike Shanahan has said he prefers the team to go off-site to training camp instead of at the year-round facility. Last year, he opted to keep training camp at Redskins Park, however.

The Redskins held training camp at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., from 1962-94. In 1995, the team moved training camp to Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Md.

In 2000, training camp shifted to Redskins Park for the first time.

A year later, the Redskins returned to Dickinson College for training camp for the 2001-02 seasons.

Last Tuesday, Shanahan spoke with TV's Larry Michael about why he prefers to hold training camp off-site.

"When I was in Denver, we went up to Northern Colorado, which is about an hour and 15 minutes away from the facility," he said. "You have a chance to get away for three weeks. You have a chance to isolate your team in an atmosphere that is really conducive to learning.

"You get away from your facility and it was 24 hours a day of football. I thought it was really good for the football team."

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