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W. Harris's Status Still Uncertain

By Leonard Shapiro
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 4, 2005

The Washington Redskins likely will play the waiting game again this week on the playing status of starting cornerback Walt Harris, who did not play in the team's 20-17 overtime victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday because of a calf injury.

Coach Joe Gibbs said the team was "a little concerned" because Harris was not able to take part in yesterday's light workout at Redskins Park, but he indicated that the injury was not "anything major. The calf is so sensitive. We'll just see how it goes."

Carlos Rogers, the team's top draft choice out of Auburn, started in Harris's place. Rogers had seven tackles and forced a fumble by Seahawks running back Shaun Alexander.

Safety Pierson Prioleau, who started the first two games of the season but hurt his hamstring against Dallas on Sept. 19 and missed the Seattle game, was able to return to practice yesterday and could be available against the Broncos on Sunday. Gibbs said the team may make a roster move to shore up the secondary, but didn't elaborate.

The Redskins came out of the Seattle game relatively unscathed on the injury front. Safety Sean Taylor had a bruised shoulder, but Gibbs said yesterday he should be fine for Sunday. He added the team will try to improve the padding around the injury to avoid further problems.

Take-aways Sought

The Redskins may be 3-0, but Gibbs said he's concerned about his team's inability to force turnovers. The Redskins have intercepted only one pass and recovered one fumble, while they've had three passes intercepted and lost three fumbles themselves.

"I don't know how many teams have ever won three games and been on the minus side of the turnover ratio," Gibbs said. "It really concerns us and it's something we've got to address."

Hall Kicking Again

Gibbs said place kicker John Hall, still nursing a sore quadriceps, was able to practice kicking field goals yesterday but still has not attempted any kickoffs. Gibbs described him as "day-to-day, week-to-week." . . . Linebacker Zak Keasey, who was released last week from the 53-man roster, was back at Redskins Park yesterday and re-signed with the team. . . . Sources said yesterday that defensive back Dimitri Patterson was placed on waivers but was expected to be re-signed to the practice squad if he cleared waivers.

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