Injured Players All Listed as Probable
Thursday, December 15, 2005
The Washington Redskins were without their top three cornerbacks and a handful of regulars for yesterday's practice, but listed all injured players as probable for Sunday's game against Dallas. Given the importance of the last three regular season games, it is not uncommon for clubs to be optimistic with their injury reports, and several players who did not practice were not listed at all.
Cornerbacks Shawn Springs (groin), Carlos Rogers (biceps) and Walt Harris (calf) are of particular concern given the position they play, the lack of depth there and the strong arm of Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe. "Their quarterback is a veteran guy who's been around and knows where to go with the ball and all of those things," Coach Joe Gibbs said. "So you don't like it."
Linebacker LaVar Arrington, who missed Sunday's game with a thigh injury, was unable to finish practice. "I don't know, it's still pretty sore, man," Arrington said. "But I did practice."
Defensive lineman Joe Salave'a has missed two games with a foot problem, did not take part in all facets of practice, but was not listed on the injury report. Salave'a said he is more optimistic about playing this week. "I did some drills, not a whole lot," he said. "We'll see if I can do a little more [today]."
Wide receiver James Thrash, who missed three games with a hamstring injury, practiced fully, however, and plans to play Sunday. "I definitely want to play on Sunday, and that's my prayer," Thrash said.
The Redskins also rested three premier offensive players yesterday, a practice they have been following in recent weeks with wide receiver Santana Moss (hamstring), and tackles Chris Samuels (knee) and Jon Jansen (thumbs). Gibbs said he expects all three to play; Jansen was not listed on the injury report. Moss's hamstring problem occurred last week, and Gibbs said the team will take every precaution not to aggravate it during the week. Safety Matt Bowen (knee) also missed practice.
Starting safety Ryan Clark, a potential free agent in 2006, has begun preliminary discussions on a contract extension, but a deal is not imminent. "We're looking forward to hopefully getting something done for Ryan," said Joel Turner, his agent. "It's been wonderful working with the Washington organization." . . .
Rapper Luther Campbell, better known as "Luke Skyywalker" and formerly of 2 Live Crew, is flying to Washington for this weekend's game. A friend of Redskins return specialist Antonio Brown -- both are from Miami -- Campbell wanted to make sure Brown was coming through with four tickets. . . .
Safety Sean Taylor's assault trial is still set for Jan. 17, with a procedural motion related to witnesses scheduled for Dec. 22, sources said. The possibility for a further continuance in the case still exists. . . .
The odds of getting any trash-talking going between the Redskins and Cowboys seem bleak. Players on both sides are heaping praise on each other. Keyshawn Johnson, Dallas's usually outspoken wide receiver, repeatedly played down any notion of retribution after Washington beat Dallas in Week 2 on two long, late-game passes. "This isn't payback," Johnson said in yesterday's conference call with the media. "That stuff is for the hype of the newspapers and the television cameras." . . .
Dallas listed only defensive end Chris Canty (ankle) on its injury report; he did not practice yesterday but is probable.