By Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, October 16, 2006
The Washington Redskins' struggling secondary took another blow yesterday when cornerback Carlos Rogers broke his thumb, which could hinder his playmaking ability in coming weeks. Rogers, a first-round draft pick in 2005, broke the bone in the 25-22 loss to Tennessee at FedEx Field, and is expected to play next week at Indianapolis with the injury protected.
Top cornerback Shawn Springs was able to play for the first time all season, though, and felt fine afterward. Springs was suffering from abdominal and groin injuries but was in several defensive packages, mostly on third downs and obvious passing situations. Gregg Williams, assistant head coach-defense, said he was encouraged by Springs's play and would have liked to have used him more against the Titans; Springs would appear likely to start next week barring a setback.
"I would have liked to get him in some longer down and distance plays to get him out there," Williams said, "but our game plan coming in was not to fatigue him. We just didn't force as many third-down opportunities in order to get him out there. I would have liked to get him out there more, but we didn't do a good job with that."
Washington has just two interceptions all season and Rogers has dropped several balls thrown his way; holding on to the ball now stands to be a bigger chore. The Redskins were without their two starting defensive tackles -- Cornelius Griffin (hip) and Joe Salave'a (calf) -- as well and both will be evaluated this week after missing practice all of last week.
With Springs back, reserve cornerback Mike Rumph was inactive for the first time this season. The Redskins were exploring options to sign free agent defensive back Troy Vincent last week, making contact with him, according to sources. His agent said Sunday night that he would visit the Redskins, among other teams, this week.
The Redskins continue to concede deep passes, and Vincent played previously for members of the Washington coaching staff and has experience as a cornerback and safety.