By Leonard Shapiro
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, October 15, 2005
Coach Joe Gibbs said yesterday that "it doesn't look good" for veteran cornerback Shawn Springs to play tomorrow against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Springs suffered a bruised shin in practice three days before the Redskins lost to the Denver Broncos last Sunday, then aggravated the injury in the first quarter and left the game.
Springs wasn't able to practice for a third straight day and likely will be replaced in the starting lineup by cornerback Walt Harris, who has missed the past two games because of a bruised calf. Harris, who opened the season as a starter, has been able to get back on the field this week, and Gibbs said yesterday, "Walt is okay, he's fine."
Rookie cornerback Carlos Rogers, the team's first-round pick, was in practice yesterday after resting a tender ankle on Wednesday and Thursday and likely will start. Ade Jimoh, who replaced Springs against Denver, likely will be the nickel back. Springs was listed as questionable yesterday, but when asked about his status, he smiled and said: "I've gotta be mute. They're keeping me under wraps."Portis Good to Go; Betts Doubtful
Running back Clinton Portis, who sat out the first two days of practice because of a bruised calf, also was back in action yesterday, and Gibbs said "he looked good and he's ready to go."
The same could not be said for backup Ladell Betts, who has a sore groin and is listed as doubtful. Betts, with 98 yards in 30 carries this year, also has been an asset on kickoff returns (10 for 230 yards) as well as spelling Portis, but Gibbs described his status for tomorrow as "kind of shaky."
If Betts can't play, the Redskins likely will activate rookie Nehemiah Broughton.More Kicking Chores for Novak
Rookie Nick Novak will handle the kicking chores for the fourth straight game, though Gibbs said regular place kicker John Hall (quadriceps) was able to kick more balls in practice this week. Hall is listed as doubtful. The Redskins finally have a top 10 NFL offense. After four games, they're ranked No. 8 in overall offense, seventh rushing and 12th passing. On defense, they're fifth overall in the league, 15th against the rush and No. 6 against the pass.