RICHMOND, Va. -- There was as much news about players not on the field as there was those who practiced at the Washington Redskins' OTA on Thursday.
First and foremost, of course, is quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Griffin, who ran two miles earlier this week for the first time since he was injured in the Jan. 6 playoff loss to Seattle, continues to be held out of full-fledged practice. He practices on the side with other injured players.
Offensive lineman Maurice Hurt, who started eight games at left guard as a rookie in 2011 and one at right tackle last season, had arthroscopic knee surgery on Thursday.
Defensive end Adam Carriker remains off the field to rehab the inflamed tendon that connects the quadriceps to the knee in his right leg. Coach Mike Shanahan expects Hurt and Carriker, who missed the final 14 games of 2012 with the quadriceps injury, back for the start of training camp on July 25.
Reserve safety Jordan Pugh is out this week with an ear infection.
Meanwhile, outside linebacker Rob Jackson isn't happy about serving a four-game NFL substance abuse suspension to start the season, but he has come to grips with it during the two-plus months since it was levied.
"It was very frustrating, just the way things happened, me taking the pills for the pain, the next day me getting tested, a couple of weeks later I'm getting a letter," said Jackson, who started 14 games last year after not starting any during his first four seasons.
"I was disappointed in myself and mad about the situation, but I'm trying to put it behind me now. I'm happy we're getting back into football and I can put stuff on tape "
---Coach Mike Shanahan is very happy to bring Larry Coyer, his defensive coordinator in Denver from 2003 to 2006, on board with Washington as an advance scout.
Coyer coached 12 years in the NFL for Denver, Tampa Bay and Indianapolis but was out of the league in 2012. His defense didn't allow a touchdown during the first 11 quarters of 2006, the longest such season-opening streak in the NFL since 1942.
"Larry Coyer is a great football mind," Shanahan said. "He loves looking at film. He'll be here at 7 in the morning and stay until 12 o'clock at night. I can't think of a better guy to give the coaches an update on what he thinks the opposing team will do, their strengths and weaknesses. It's good to have him as a part of our staff."