Barnett ready to do more in practice

Barnett ready to do more in practice
August 12, 2013, 4:00 pm
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RICHMOND—Nick Barnett said Monday that he expects to begin ramping up his level of participation in practice.

The veteran linebacker, who had surgery on his right knee in the offseason, has been mostly a spectator since the Redskins signed him July 31. 

“Today, we’re going to do a little bit of walkthroughs. This is my first time doing that,” Barnett said. “And later we’ll do some 7-on-7 [but] that’s about it for today.”

Asked whether he’s been held out because of the knee, conditioning or inexperience in Washington's system, Barnett said it’s combination of all the above. 

“It’s been a little bit of the knee thing; they just want to make sure my knee is ready to go,” Barnett said. “I don’t think it’s a scheme thing as much just making sure that I’m fully ready to go, period. I appreciate them making sure that I’m ready.” 

Barnett said he does not know when he’ll join 11-on-11 drills, the final stage before he'll be cleared to participate in a preseason game.