By Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, August 17, 2006
Washington Redskins starting defensive end Phillip Daniels will miss two weeks after spraining his back in practice Tuesday.
Daniels, who has battled injuries since signing with the Redskins in 2004, is coming off a strong finish to the 2005 season, and his defensive coaches do not expect this to be a major setback.
"He'll be fine," said Gregg Williams, assistant head coach-defense. "This is good for him because Phillip doesn't need to show me anything this preseason. We just have to make sure he's ready to go. He had unbelievable [spring practices] and training camp to date. He's one of the most highly conditioned guys we have here, and we can take a little of the pounding off him and have him fresh. Nobody played as strong as he did down the stretch last year, so we just want to make sure he's there opening day and he'll be fine."
Daniels and newcomer Andre Carter are expected to give the team a more consistent pass rush. With Daniels out, strong-side linebacker Marcus Washington has been taking the bulk of the reps with the first team at left defensive end. "Anything to help the team," Washington said. "I'll take on anybody, I don't care how big they are."Secondary Signings
Still looking to address their depth in the secondary amid a glut of injuries, the Redskins signed cornerback Julian Battle and safety Antuan Edwards. Cornerback Ade Jimoh (sternum) and safety Curry Burns (hamstring) remained out of practice, while starting cornerback Shawn Springs is out three to six weeks after having surgery to repair a torn abdominal muscle.
Battle is a three-year veteran who missed all of 2005 because of a ruptured Achilles' tendon, while Edwards has spent seven seasons in the league and played four games for Atlanta last season. Williams said their experience was an important factor and that he expects them to adapt quickly to his scheme.
"Personally, I feel more comfortable with a guy who has been in games before than a guy who's been on the streets and hasn't played a game in the National Football League," Williams said. "There's a reason why young guys who haven't played in a game before bounced around from camp to camp to camp."Injury Report
Director of Sports Medicine Bubba Tyer said he was pleased that Springs underwent surgery this week rather than try to play with his injury and risk missing more time in the regular season. "It's best to get it done now," he said. . . .
Tyer said he expects star running back Clinton Portis, who will miss at least the duration of the preseason after partially dislocating his left shoulder in Sunday's preseason opener, to be feeling significantly better by the middle of next week.
"A week from today he'll be a whole lot better than he is now, and we'll be able to do a whole lot more with him," Tyer said. . . .
Jimoh will not play Saturday against the New York Jets, Tyer said, but is able to lift weights and could return to practice next week. . . . Defensive lineman Nic Clemons, out 10 days with a knee injury, will return to practice today in a limited role, Tyer said. . . . Results of an MRI exam on the knee of reserve offensive lineman Jon Alston should be available today, Tyer said. Reserve offensive lineman Chris Pino (shoulder) should be able to increase his workload today, as well. Reserve offensive lineman Jim Molinaro, who underwent knee surgery last week, may be able to return to practice next week, Tyer said. . . . The Redskins waived offensive lineman Jonta Woodard and defensive back Chris Hawkins.