Redskins Notebook

Collins Will Start at QB Against the Ravens

By Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, August 24, 2007

Veteran Todd Collins will replace injured starting quarterback Jason Campbell for the Washington Redskins tomorrow against Baltimore, Coach Joe Gibbs said yesterday. Mark Brunell is set to be the No. 2 quarterback in the preseason finale next week if Campbell returns.

Gibbs said Collins was scheduled to be the No. 2 quarterback this weekend before Campbell injured his knee. Collins and Brunell are competing for the backup spot; Collins has shined while Brunell has struggled this preseason. Campbell, meantime, said his knee is much better but that he is unsure if he will be able to play in the preseason finale next Thursday.

"On Monday I'll see what I can do in practice," Campbell said. "As of right now I'm just trying to get strong and get it back so that once Monday comes along maybe I can go through a full practice."

Campbell has participated in walkthroughs, but is unable to run or plant his left leg as he normally would.

Collins and Brunell both said they left Redskins Park without being told who would play tomorrow, or for how long, but Gibbs announced his intentions to the media after practice. Should Campbell be unable to play next Thursday, Brunell would be in line for a start against Jacksonville, where he spent much of his career.

Beasley Is Brought In

With no established backup behind starting fullback Mike Sellers, the Redskins signed veteran Fred Beasley to a one-year veteran-minimum contract yesterday. Beasley, 32, was out of football last year after being cut by Miami, but spent eight years in San Francisco. . . . Guard Randy Thomas (knee and elbow) rested for much of practice but is fine, Gibbs said. . . . Linebackers Khary Campbell and H.B. Blades will fill in for injured linebacker Marcus Washington (elbow) tomorrow. . . . Tailback Clinton Portis (knee) and tackle Chris Samuels (knee) are out, with tackle/guard Todd Wade (shoulder) questionable. . . . Rookie tight end Tyler Ecker and running back Dee Brown were released.

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