Springs Remains Questionable for Saturday

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By Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 4, 2006

Washington Redskins cornerback Shawn Springs's status for Saturday's playoff game at Tampa Bay remains in question. Springs met with medical specialists yesterday about his groin injury, but the Redskins did not rule out the possibility of him playing.

Springs left Sunday's game in Philadelphia early when he aggravated a painful groin strain, but MRI exam results showed no tears or signs of a sports hernia, team officials said. Redskins Director of Sports Medicine Bubba Tyer said a few more days of rest and rehabilitation could result in Springs being back on the field.

Prior to departing Redskins Park for a meeting with doctors, however, Springs said his groin felt tight and that he was skeptical about being able to play Saturday. He has played despite the injury for more than three weeks but has been in more acute pain recently.

Springs, 30, said that should he be unable to play and Washington won, he believed he would be ready to face the Seattle Seahawks, his former team, in the next round of the playoffs. "I'd be all right by Seattle," Springs said.

Tyer, Springs, team physicians and medical specialists had a 1 p.m. meeting yesterday, and the MRI results were then sent to another group of doctors for additional review.

"He has pain in his groin area and little bit of his lower right abdomen," Tyer said. "And it just shows that the abductor muscle -- his groin muscle -- is strained where it attaches, and it's probably got that whole area inflamed and we've just got to work with that and try to treat it and get him better."

Tyer said Springs's status will remain day-to-day, and it is unlikely he will practice much this week. The Redskins return to the field today after two days of rest.

Springs has played at a Pro Bowl level in two seasons with Washington and, when healthy, is rarely challenged by opposing quarterbacks.

Rookie cornerback Carlos Rogers, who missed three games with a torn biceps, is set to return against the Buccaneers. Rogers had started alongside Springs prior to getting hurt. Veteran Walt Harris has started with Rogers out, and he, too, is battling nagging injuries. But they have not been severe enough to prevent him from playing.

"It's been hard, but for what's at stake, all those things you kind of put behind you and know you'll do all your rehab and whatever during offseason," Harris said. "It's time to go now."


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