Banged-Up Squad Readies for Rams
Thursday, December 21, 2006
The Washington Redskins opened practice yesterday with three starting offensive linemen and two starting linebackers out, although most are expected to play Sunday in St. Louis. Tackle Chris Samuels (knee), center Casey Rabach (broken hand) and linebacker Lemar Marshall (knee) are probable, and linebacker Marcus Washington (knee) and tackle Jon Jansen (torn calf) also missed practice and are questionable.
Jansen was the only member of that group who didn't play in New Orleans last weekend, and he said he is optimistic about playing this Sunday, although it will be a game-time decision. The rest allowed the swelling in Jansen's leg to dissipate, and Jansen continues to elevate and get rehabilitation as often as possible. "Which is not really a great situation with a 10-month-old baby and a pregnant wife," he said.
Rabach and Samuels are being rested. Rabach played after having four screws surgically inserted in his hand last week, and may sit out today's practice as well. Todd Wade again filled in for Jansen in practice.
Last Sunday was the first time one of Washington's starting offensive linemen had missed a game this season. For Jansen, that was difficult to take.
"It was like a Saturday getting ready to watch a college football game," Jansen said, "and you turn it on and it's almost like one of those dreams and you wake up and you missed the bus. . . . You're supposed to be there and you're not. It's kind of like being in no-man's land for a while."
Washington and Marshall have been bruised and less than 100 percent much of the season, but have fought to remain in the lineup. Should Washington be unable to play, rookie Rocky McIntosh could be in line for his first NFL start.
Rookie safety Reed Doughty has been making a strong impression on special teams recently and delivered his first NFL highlight in Sunday's win over the Saints. He is active on all special teams units and blasted Saints return specialist Michael Lewis with a punishing hit, which ended up making the rounds on ESPN and meriting consideration on the "Jacked Up" segment as one of the top five hits of the week.
"People see that on TV and it's pretty cool having people call me about it," said Doughty, a sixth-round pick out of Northern Colorado.
Doughty has appeared in four straight games since enduring a stretch of three weeks being inactive, and hopes to earn more playing time on defense as well.
The Redskins signed offensive lineman Sam Wilder to the practice squad to fill the spot vacated by lineman Nick Steitz, who was signed to San Francisco's active roster. Wilder, 6 feet 5, 297 pounds, was on Carolina's practice squad earlier this season and was an undrafted player signed by Dallas in 2005.