ASHBURN, Va. (AP) -Joe Gibbs has had no contact with Sean Taylor and has lost contact with Shawn Springs, leaving the Washington Redskins coach guessing about the status of the two starters missing from the team's spring practices.
``Obviously, it's disappointing,'' Gibbs said Thursday as the team wrapped up its third day of workouts. ``We want everybody here.''
The two defensive backs were the only no-shows when the team reconvened Tuesday after a longer-than-usual offseason break. Veterans were informally given leeway to do their offseason conditioning away from Redskins Park during March and April, but Gibbs was expecting everyone to attend the May and June practices.
Under league rules, players aren't required to attend any practices until the three-day minicamp in mid-June. Taylor has routinely been dismissive of any workouts not deemed mandatory, although he did participate in most of the offseason program last year.
Taylor has also stayed away in the past to express his displeasure over his contract, an issue that could arise again following the Redskins' decision to select another safety, LSU's LaRon Landry, with the No. 6 overall pick in the draft. Landry's contract is expected to be bigger than Taylor's.
``With Sean Taylor, I've had no contact whatsoever,'' Gibbs said. ``I'm not aware of anything there, so that's about all I can say about it.''
Springs, the team's top cornerback, has been the subject of trade rumors because of a contract that will cost the Redskins $7.4 million against the salary cap this season.
Gibbs said he had spoken to Springs extensively during the offseason - including a sit-down during the NFL meetings in Phoenix in March - and that the team had decided to keep the cornerback under the current contract.
``Up to two weeks ago, we thought we were in real good shape,'' Gibbs said. ``The coaches were talking to him, but then all of a sudden we lost contact.''
Neither player's agent responded to requests for comment.
Gibbs, meanwhile, would prefer to hear something from the missing players. Any word is better than no word at all.
``I think it helps when you know what the situation is,'' Gibbs said, ``and they'll talk to you and say 'This is what I don't like.'

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