By Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, August 7, 2005
BALTIMORE, Aug. 6 -- Expectations for Washington Redskins wide receiver Taylor Jacobs are high, but his chances for a breakout season in 2005 were jeopardized by a toe injury in Saturday's scrimmage against the Baltimore Ravens. Jacobs did not participate in 11-on-11 drills after spraining a toe on his left foot early in the day, and he left M&T Bank Stadium in a walking cast.
Jacobs will have an MRI exam on Sunday morning. He said the swelling was too severe after the game to determine the scope of the injury. Bubba Tyer, director of sports medicine, said X-rays were negative. "It's a significant strain," Tyer said. "So we'll work it up and see what we can find." Jacobs missed a few days at the start of camp with the flu, and his progress last season also was stalled by a series of preseason injuries.
Jacobs, 24, was selected 44th overall in the 2003 draft and has 19 catches and one touchdown in his career. He finished last season strong and was a big part of Washington's offseason program, with coaches and teammates often raving about his development. He was penciled in as the number three wide receiver, which would keep him involved in many of the offensive plays. Jacobs's speed is one of his best attributes, and the Redskins are desperate to throw the ball deep this season.
Jacobs was clearly concerned about the injury on his way out of the locker room.
"I just made a cut inside and messed it up," Jacobs said. "I don't know what happened. I just heard a pop. I don't know what's wrong with it. It's just too swollen to tell."
The Redskins held starting cornerback Shawn Springs out of 11-on-11 drills after he felt pain in his hamstring during individual drills. Tyer said the injury is not a concern, and he was rested as a precaution. Wide receiver Darnerien McCants played on special teams but did not catch passes after needing five stitches to repair a cut on his hand, Coach Joe Gibbs said.Wynn Excused From Camp
Defensive lineman Renaldo Wynn did not accompany the team to Baltimore after his father-in-law died suddenly Friday night. Gibbs said Wynn returned home and will be excused from camp for as long as necessary. With Wynn out, Ron Warner moved into the starting lineup. . . .
Gibbs said he and Ravens Coach Brian Billick were pleased with the scrimmage and will hold the event again next year at FedEx Field. . . .
Starting safety Matt Bowen, returning from season-ending knee surgery, played with the third team Saturday. Washington's secondary has been hit by injuries, causing much personnel juggling. . . .
Linebacker LaVar Arrington (knee), defensive tackle Brandon Noble (knee infection), cornerback Carlos Rogers (ankle), cornerback Walt Harris (quad) and cornerback Artrell Hawkins (hamstring) missed the scrimmage because of injury. Cornerback Garnell Wilds left the field during the scrimmage because of cramps but afterward was fine.