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Washington Redskins Hold Informal Players' Minicamp Because Of NFL Lockout

The Washington Redskins began their long-rumored player-organized optional workout session Tuesday, doing so this way because the team is not technically allowed to hold a coaches-organized practice during the NFL lockout. Approximately 30 Redskins players showed up, according to John Keim of the Washington Examiner, and that list did not include quarterback Donovan McNabb.

The workout was organized (surprise, surprise) by linebacker London Fletcher and the other team captains, excluding McNabb of course. It included several of the team's best and most well-known players, including Brian Orakpo, Anthony Armstrong, Lorenzo Alexander, Phillip Daniels and Chris Cooley. Rex Grossman, despite being a free agent, was there manning the quarterback duties with John Beck. Among those not present were McNabb, Albert Haynesworth (shocker) and many members of the secondary. Players flew in from California, Florida and Texas, according to Fletcher.

While the workout is informal, the team knows it is happening. On Saturday, president Bruce Allen admitted that "we notice everything that happens."