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Rogers Remains Inactive

By Howard Bryant
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, January 2, 2006

PHILADELPHIA, Jan. 1 -- Redskins cornerback Carlos Rogers was inactive for the third straight game with a torn left biceps. Redskins Director of Sports Medicine Bubba Tyer said Rogers had improved during the week and had hoped that Rogers would have regained enough range of motion to be close to returning.

Rogers was injured in the first quarter of the Redskins' 17-13 win at Arizona. The injury was originally considered a bruise and not as serious. Walt Harris, who Rogers replaced as the starter midway through the first half of the 23-17 overtime loss to San Diego and had started consecutive games before the injury, got the start against the Eagles.

Portis, Moss Set Records

Clinton Portis broke the Redskins' single-season rushing record in the second quarter yesterday, surpassing Stephen Davis's 2001 record.

Portis ran off right tackle for 14 yards for the record, giving him 1,445 yards. Davis rushed for 1,432 yards under Marty Schottenheimer. Portis came into the game with four straight 100-yard games. . . .

Santana Moss's 54-yard reception early in the third quarter gave him 1,478 receiving yards, surpassing Bobby Mitchell's previous Redskins single-season record of 1,436 set in 1963 when teams played 14 games. . . .

Ethan Albright started at long snapper, extending his consecutive games streak to 160 games. Albright began his streak in 1996 as a member of the Buffalo Bills and hasn't missed a game since. His Redskins consecutive games streak began starting the 2001 season. . . .

Redskins starting free safety Ryan Clark left with 14 minutes 11 seconds left in the first quarter after hurting his left knee. On third and 15 from his own 49, Clark sprained his knee during a blitz. Pierson Prioleau replaced him at safety. Clark later returned.

Big Play by Thrash

James Thrash's 41-yard reception in the second quarter was the first reception for a Redskins wide receiver other than Moss since Dec. 11 against Arizona, when Taylor Jacobs caught a seven-yard pass from Mark Brunell. It was the first reception for Thrash since Nov. 13 at Tampa Bay.

The Redskins came into the season believing they had deep-threat weapons in Thrash and David Patten, but only Moss emerged. Thrash's catch was both his season long and the longest pass of the season to anyone other than Moss. The previous longs were 32 yards, from Mark Brunell to Patten and Chris Cooley Oct. 23 against San Francisco. . . . .

The Redskins placed linebacker Chris Clemons on injured reserve with a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee Dec. 27. Clemons injured himself just before halftime last week against the Giants on special teams coverage. That left an opening for more playing time for LaVar Arrington, who for the season had been replaced by Clemons on third downs. It also meant Redskins assistant head coach-defense Gregg Williams might give more playing time to Warrick Holdman, who started during Arrington's early-season benching.

But neither Arrington nor Holdman played on third down in the first half Sunday. Instead, Williams used extra defensive backs on third down.

Owens Comes Full Circle

In a fitting bit of symmetry, wide receiver Terrell Owens was listed as inactive for Sunday's game, completing his de facto suspension from the Eagles for conduct detrimental to the team. Owens's suspension began in Week 9 against the Redskins at FedEx Field, a 17-10 Redskins win.

Eagles defensive end Jevon Kearse was listed as inactive for Sunday's game, joining quarterback Donovan McNabb, running backs Brian Westbrook and Correll Buckhalter, offensive lineman Tra Thomas, wide receiver Todd Pinkston and defensive back Lito Sheppard, all of whom were placed on injured reserve.

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