LaRon Landry didn't participate in minicamp practice yesterday:
A paintball shot in the groin left rookie LaRon Landry unable to practice when the Washington Redskins opened their minicamp Friday. The No. 6 overall pick in this year's draft was injured during a team-building outing Wednesday, when coach Joe Gibbs allowed the players to leave early at the end of the voluntary spring workouts. Some players went bowling or had lunch together, while many of the defensive players went to play paintball.
Remember when rookies just had to stand atop the lunch tables and serenade the veteran players while they ate. Now they're taking paintball shots to their special area? I suppose I shouldn't be surprised as hazing techniques have become much harsher over the years. Once upon a time, when I finished my first work week at a certain state-sponsored fried chicken fast-food eatery, I was required to slide across the grease covered kitchen floor while holding a 20 lb. cube of lard over my head as the veteran cooks bowled frozen birds at me. It was all in good fun, and the aroma dissipated after a few months. I've heard that now they dunk newcomers' heads into the pressure cookers. Oh well, I guess that builds teamwork just as much as shooting projectiles at each other's junk. -KD