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Knee Sprain Sidelines Griffin

By Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, August 20, 2006

Another starter was laying on his back, writhing as the rest of the Washington Redskins held their breath. Defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin was the latest to be felled this preseason, and as he grabbed his head and looked up at the trainers, his teammates feared the worst after watching running back Clinton Portis, cornerback Shawn Springs and others get hurt.

Griffin rolled and pounded the turf three times, then gradually rose to his feet, shrugged off the help of trainers and jogged to the sideline with a sprained right knee. His night was over, done after two series of this 27-14 loss to the New York Jets at FedEx Field, although the team expects a speedy recovery.

"As far as [the doctors] can see, it's just a bump," Coach Joe Gibbs said. "It's nothing serious."

Starting receiver Brandon Lloyd sat out the game with a strained hamstring, one of 10 injured Redskins not to take part, but he said that move was largely precautionary. Tight end Robert Johnson injured his left ankle last night as well; X-rays were negative. Portis (partially dislocated shoulder) and Springs (abdominal surgery) will miss the remainder of the preseason, while defensive end Phillip Daniels (back sprain) is out two weeks. Cornerback Ade Jimoh (sternum), defensive back Curry Burns (hamstring), offensive lineman Jim Molinaro (knee surgery), receivers Ataveus Cash (hamstring) and Richard Smith (ankle), and depth linebacker Kevin Smith (abdomen) also were out.

Ramsey, Coles Pay a Visit

Jets starting quarterback Chad Pennington was excused from last night's game to tend to family matters, allowing Patrick Ramsey, a first-round pick in 2002 who spent four seasons with the Redskins before being dealt in the offseason, to start the game.

Ramsey was sacked by Kenny Wright on a corner blitz on the game's first play (Wright, like Ramsey, is from Ruston, La., and they grew up playing youth sports against each other). Ramsey finished 6 of 9 for 33 yards in a little more than a quarter of work (he still clung to the ball too long at times), leaving the game with a 7-0 lead. Former Redskin Laveranues Coles, once the team's top receiver, also returned to Washington. He was acquired by the Jets following the 2004 season after complaining about the Redskins' stagnant offense, and was booed after making catches last night.

"It was fun to see the guys and catch up with a few of them," Ramsey said. "It was obviously great to come out with a win. It was great. Really, it was good. I have good memories of being here and I enjoyed my trip."

Lefotu Gets in the Game

Rookie offensive lineman Kili Lefotu, a seventh-round pick who lost consciousness for unexplained reasons 10 days ago, made his preseason debut with the second team. Lefotu played right tackle and was involved in several power running plays. . . . The Jets, looking for depth at running back with future Hall of Famer Curtis Martin hurt, covet the Redskins' Ladell Betts, but Washington wants to sign the backup to a contract extension and keep him here long term, Gibbs has said. . . . Reserve fullback Nehemiah Broughton's fourth-quarter fumble will not help his chances of making the 53-man roster. The Redskins challenged that play, but video replay upheld the on-field decision. . . . Reserve running back Jesse Lumsden barely played last night, entering in the final two minutes. Fellow undrafted free agent Mike Espy dropped several passes, too, after an impressive debut last week. Defensive lineman Nic Clemons, who missed about 10 days with a knee injury before returning to practice this week, dressed last night but did not play. . . . Several trick plays attempted by Jets rookie Coach Eric Mangini backfired -- including a fake punt and onside kick -- but the team did score on a 61-yard reverse, slicing the Redskins' first-team defense.

Staff Writer Adam Kilgore contributed to this report.

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