Campbell, Portis Both Have Strains

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The way their starting skill position players were dropping, it was a good thing for the Washington Redskins that they won't return to the practice field until June 2.

Quarterback Jason Campbell and running back Clinton Portis joined receiver Antwaan Randle El on the sidelines by the end of yesterday's practice. Campbell strained his left hamstring during the session. Portis sat out with a strained hip flexor, and Randle El had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Monday.

Campbell said his hamstring grabbed a little early in practice. He expects to be 100 percent in a couple of weeks.

"I just pulled my hamstring a little bit," said Campbell, who last year missed the final three-plus regular-season games and the wild-card loss at Seattle with a dislocated left kneecap. "I won't be running for a while."

Jim Zorn found a bright side to the injury because it meant his quarterback lowered himself under center as the new coach has asked him to.

"He was feeling his hamstrings all along, and I think it was because I have him sinking down a little bit," Zorn said. "It's the change. I was kind of excited about it. Not that I wanted him to tweak his hamstring, just the fact that different things are happening to his body. He's going to be fine."

Zorn said Portis will be ready for June 2 but might have injured himself with the 40-yard match race against safety LaRon Landry that followed the end of minicamp Sunday.

"Clinton's OK," Zorn said. "I'm wondering if it was that sprint ..."

Meanwhile, Randle El left Redskin Park on crutches He said his knee first began aching in September but hadn't flared up since November until Saturday night. …