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23 Redskins players complete players-run practice
Thursday - 6/16/2011, 3:46pm EDT
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Twenty-three Washington Redskins players finished their third set of players-run practices Thursday morning with the hopes that the 14-week-old NFL lockout will be over before they have to think about working out again without their coaches.
"If it goes another month, I can see getting together again, but we're all pretty optimistic that it can get done before then," said defensive end Kedric Golston of ending the lockout between players and team owners through successful negotiations. He was one of the organizers of the workouts, which were held at undisclosed locations in northern Virginia.
Inside linebacker London Fletcher, a co-captain who ran the defense during the practices, said that if the lockout drags past the scheduled date of training camp in late July, players might have to reconvene for their own two-a-day workouts.
He said the sessions have expanded his knowledge of the defense.
"I'm pleased that we decided to do this," said Fletcher, a 13-year veteran who directed a 3-4 scheme for the first time in his career in 2010. "I think we got better. We were able to give the rookies some foundation on a lot of things that we do. It's good to get out here and go over our terminology. Being able to install the defense, I can get a greater understanding of everybody else, their responsibilities."
Tight end Chris Cooley, the nominal leader of the offense during the workouts, said players have taken ownership with what they're doing.
"Having everyone working together makes a big difference," he said. "It doesn't seem like much what we're doing, but if we had spent the whole offseason away and just showed up to camp, that would've hurt us."
Golston added that the team's performance during the season will define people's impression of their preseason workouts without coaches.
"If we start off hot, everybody will say it's because we came out here. If we start off slow, they'll say it was a waste of time," he said.
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