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Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 11/16/2011

Atogwe to test knee; Brown, Paul making gradual progress

Washington Redskins starting free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe said his knee and toe injuries continue to improve and he hopes to increase his activity during Wednesday’s practice to help determine whether he can play Sunday.

Meanwhile, right tackle Jammal Brown said his injured groin has healed some, but that he remains uncertain about when he will return to action. And receiver Niles Paul, who missed the last game with turf toe, has resumed jogging, but still hasn’t been able to go full speed.

Atogwe missed the last two games after hurting his toe against Buffalo. In the same game, he suffered a setback to the knee he originally injured against Philadelphia.

“It’s been challenging. Definitely something I’m not accustomed to,” said Atogwe, who in six previous seasons had missed a total of only six games. “But God’s grace was sufficient. Allowed me to grow as a person, get healthy. Reed [Doughty] went in there and played great. The guys that were in there all did great. So I’m just glad that everyone benefited from it. I’m excited to get back on the field when the time is right.”

Brown said that his groin injury has nothing to do with the hip injury that sidelined him in practice earlier this season. He expected to consult the trainers before deciding how much of a workload he could take on Wednesday.

Shanahan said on Monday, however, that it was “a long shot” that Brown would play this week against the Cowboys. Paul’s status is unlikely as well.

“You never realize how much you use your big toe until you can’t,” the rookie wide receiver said. “I was hoping to come back this week, but now, it’s still coming pretty slowly.”

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