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Thomas Injures Hamstring, May Be Out Several Weeks

By Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 22, 2004; Page D15

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 21 -- Right guard Randy Thomas left Sunday's game late in the second quarter with a hamstring injury and did not return in the Redskins' 28-6 loss to the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. With right tackle Jon Jansen lost for the season with an Achilles' injury in the first preseason game, Thomas's injury leaves the team thin on the right side of the line.

Thomas said he felt his hamstring pop on a passing play in the first half and will likely undergo an MRI exam on Monday to determine the extent of the injury but is expected to be out at least a few weeks. "It happened in the pile," Thomas said. "There was a lot of weight on me, and it just overextended."


Redskins guard Randy Thomas gets carted off to the locker room after injuring his hamstring in the second quarter. (Toni L. Sandys - The Washington Post)

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Lennie Friedman played the duration of the game in Thomas's place. Friedman, who began the season as the starting center but lost his job to Cory Raymer, has experience at guard from his time with Denver. The Redskins had two other offensive linemen dressed for this game, Mark Wilson and Jim Molinaro, but both are rookies who have yet to get on the field. Offensive lineman Vaughn Parker was again inactive and has yet to play since being signed Oct. 25.

Griffin May Play vs. Steelers

Defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin did not play with a hip flexor but said he has not ruled out a return by Sunday's game in Pittsburgh. Griffin missed practice all week but was still receiving treatment in the afternoon as he tried to get ready to play. He is the team leader with four sacks and his absence is particularly stinging, given that starting defensive end Phillip Daniels, another key offseason signing, remains out with a groin injury.

Washington had to shuttle a host of role players into action, with Demetric Evans replacing Daniels, while Griffin was replaced by Jermaine Haley, a veteran of the Canadian Football League, and Brandon Noble. Haley made a huge hit in the first half, catching Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb scrambling, nailing him in the back and forcing and recovering a fumble.

The Redskins dressed only two reserve defensive linemen, Ron Warner and Noble, and only two extra linebackers as well, both of whom have spent time on the practice squad -- Billy Strother, active for the first time this season, and Brandon Barnes. Mike Barrow (knee) has yet to play this season and Arrington is expected to be out at least a few more weeks.

Trotter Returns to Stuff Run

Former Redskin Jeremiah Trotter, who was released in the offseason, had seven tackles and helped stop running back Clinton Portis. Trotter started at middle linebacker in place of injured Mark Simoneau and was part of a surge that prevented quarterback Patrick Ramsey from converting a sneak on fourth and one with the Eagles leading 21-6 in the fourth quarter.

"I was born for this defense and I was born for this city," Trotter said. "I just thank God that I'm back."

Coach Joe Gibbs and his staff decided to let Trotter go after reviewing film of his play, and he returned to the Eagles, for whom he had played before signing with the Redskins. "I hate everybody the same, everybody we play," Trotter said, adding that he is still friends with many Redskins. "I hate everybody; I don't discriminate."

Portis was a non-factor for the second straight game, limited to a season-low 17 carries (he has 17 carries in Washington's last three losses) and gaining only 37 yards on the ground, his season low.

Groin Sidelines Hall

Kicker John Hall was out again with a groin problem and is likely out at least a few more weeks. His replacement, Ola Kimrin, is 1 for 5 on kicks longer than 40 yards and missed from 48 Sunday. . . . Return specialist Antonio Brown was also inactive again and has yet to play since being signed. . . . The Redskins lost their fifth straight replay challenge and are 1 for 6 this season. . . . Safety Sean Taylor had two big hits, hauling McNabb down by his head and shoulders on a scramble and getting a 15-yard penalty for hitting receiver Terrell Owens in the head after a play. . . . Reserve running back Ladell Betts was more heavily involved in the offense than usual, running five times, catching six passes and dropping several throws his way.


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