Erasmus James making slow progress in Washington

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
He's not in the NFC North anymore, but some of you Minnesota Vikings fans might be interested in the progress of oft-injured defensive end Erasmus James -- a first-round draft pick in 2005 who was traded to the Washington Redskins this summer for a conditional draft pick.

James is working alone with the Redskins' athletic trainers and seems to be a couple weeks away from being cleared to practice. According to Jason La Canfora's Redskins Insider blog, the best-case scenario would have James playing in the final preseason game.

Based on the difficulties James had getting on the field in Minnesota, that timetable is about as optimistic as one could imagine. The Vikings thought James' career was pretty much over when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee for the second time last winter, and they were prepared to release him outright until the Redskins expressed interest in a trade.