Keeping Tabs on Washington's Team

CBA Ratified, Veteran Redskins Return

By Andrew Knight
|  Friday, Aug 5, 2011  |  Updated 12:19 PM EDT
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The Collective Bargaining Agreement was ratified Thursday and veteran free agents were allowed to join the rest of the team at practice. <a href=Redskins.com | NFL.com" />

Andrew Knight, Dan Hellie

The Collective Bargaining Agreement was ratified Thursday and veteran free agents were allowed to join the rest of the team at practice. Redskins.com | NFL.com

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After a lot of waiting around, 17 Redskins veterans were anxious to join the team on the field for the first time Thursday.

"You know at the horse track, they hold the horses back? I was like, let me out of the gates," an excited Josh Wilson told the Examiner.

The Redskins vets had not been able to practice due to the Collective Bargaining Agreement not being ratified. That all changed Thursday and the Redskins took the field as a team for the first time.

The rest of the team had already begun practice and were more than 30 minutes into drills when general manager Bruce Allen received word of the CBA being ratified, meaning the free agent vets could finally join their teammates.

For coach Mike Shanahan and the 'Skins, it is crunch time. With the preseason opener set for Aug. 12 against Pittsburgh, the team has only one week together to return to form.

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