Moss Expected to Play; Vincent and Patten Out
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Top wide receiver Santana Moss is scheduled to play tomorrow against Carolina, but starting safety Troy Vincent and wide receiver David Patten will both miss the game because of hamstring problems. Coach Joe Gibbs said Moss is likely to play after missing two games because of a hamstring injury, although the team will continue to monitor him closely tomorrow.
Moss is Washington's only consistently productive wide receiver, and should give quarterback Jason Campbell, making his second start, an elite deep passing target to complement his strong arm. Moss had not dressed for two of the last three games and the only game he did play this month -- at Philadelphia -- was in a limited role. Gibbs said Moss was heavily involved in the decision to upgrade his status to probable, and made good strides this week in practice.
"He took more and more work this week and what we want is a happy guy," Gibbs said. "But we also need him in there if there's any way. So he had good work this week and came along at the right pace for himself. We kind of leave that up to him, he's had hamstrings before. So hopefully we'll get him back healthy."
Gibbs said the team had not discussed whether they would dress an extra wide receiver -- rookie Mike Espy -- or utilize the normal four wide receivers.
Vincent, who experienced lengthy injury problems with Buffalo before being signed last month, will miss his first game. Vincent, 35, quickly assumed a starting role just days after joining the Redskins, playing ahead of high-priced free agent Adam Archuleta. Patten has been injured much of the time since being signed as a free agent in 2005, and could be in his final weeks as a Redskin.
Gibbs Is Mum on Meeting
Gibbs, who turns 66 today, remains vague about exactly what he said to his team during a heated meeting Wednesday. Several players have said Gibbs challenged them to play harder and smarter, and told them that the coaches will watch the final six games closely to determine who is worthy of returning next season.
The Redskins (3-7) have scant playoff hopes after harboring Super Bowl aspirations, and Gibbs was not in a forgiving mood when he addressed them.
"Anything in there is between us," Gibbs said. "I'm just trying to be myself. I think I've always been that way. So we have different ways of getting our points across. You're just trying to be yourself."
Collins Continues to Sit
The odds of veteran backup quarterback Todd Collins getting a start this season are not good, continuing a near-decade-long trend for the career understudy. Collins has not started a game since 1997, and is now No. 3 behind Campbell and Mark Brunell.
Collins, who has long ties to associate head coach Al Saunders, came into what he knew was a tough situation, but he hoped to get a start at some point. Had he stayed in Kansas City, where starter Trent Green suffered a concussion in Week 1, Collins may have had that chance.
"I came here to make a contribution to the team, and I had been in Kansas City for so long I thought it was time for a change of scenery to see if that could happen," Collins said. "I realized the situation I came into with Mark being the starter and Jason being such a high draft pick, and I knew it wasn't going to be easy. But I figured I'd get an opportunity to compete and things didn't turn out exactly the way I thought they would at the beginning of the season. I didn't anticipate us being 3-7 with a quarterback switch made, so it's not what I expected, but I'm not making the decisions and all I can do is go out and try to compete on the field."