Austin Seferian-Jenkins was not at practice Thursday because he had surgery on his right pinkie finger. Head coach Steve Sarkisian said he wouldn’t know more about the status of Seferian-Jenkins until after he spoke to reporters. No timeline yet.
On to the quick-hitters from what was a more crisp day of practice:
> LB/rush end Cory Littleton was back at practice after being carted off Wednesday. Littleton was in a shell, but didn’t participate in team drills. Sarkisian said Littleton, who was jogging around without any protection on his leg would be fine.
> WR Damore’ea Stringfellow ran a sideline route, then came up limping. He came off the field, went to the trainers’ tent and had his right knee wrapped in ice. He did not participate in the rest of practice, though he stayed on the field. The injury was not because of contact.
> RB Jesse Callier had more work today with the second group. He had been relegated to the stationary bike for most of camp.
> Sarkisian on the abrupt end to Wednesday’s practice: “It’s been an issue that we’ve had, I’d much rather it to be this way than the other way around, where I’ve got to tell these guys to play harder, we just are playing so hard right now, that we’re falling on the ground. When it comes to a point where it starts dealing with your quarterback, that’s not OK.”
> Today in John Ross: The freshman WR had some time off. Sarkisian said they thought Ross was getting a bit fatigued as camp progressed, so they gave him a break. They play on giving a couple other guys a break Friday. Sarkisian said Ross’ cut during a punt return in the scrimmage Tuesday reminded him of “a No. 5 I used to coach.” That would be this guy.
> DT Elijah Qualls was working with the 3s, where he has been all camp.
> True freshman DE JoJo Mathis was again with the No. 1 defense.
> Another mediocre day for the field-goal kickers. Washington could well end up having Travis Coons kick from about 38 yards in and Cameron Van Winkle kick anything deeper. Sarkisian said yesterday that he values consistency from kickers more than a true long distance guy. That way, he can strategize around the kicker’s limitations.
> Sarkisian said the injury to Seferian-Jenkins has not made him reconsider moving Evan Hudson, a converted tight end, from the defensive line.
> Korey Durkee and Travis Coons are competing to be the punter.
> Cornerback Marcus Peters was back in full team drills today.
> DT Damion Turpin also had some reps with the 1s.