Washington Hopes to Play Vs. Dolphins
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Linebacker Marcus Washington remains optimistic that his dislocated right elbow will have healed sufficiently to allow him to play Sunday in the Washington Redskins' season opener against Miami at FedEx Field, but is not yet certain. Coach Joe Gibbs said that Washington participated fully in yesterday's practice, but Washington said he is still pacing himself and taking precautions with the elbow he injured on Aug. 18.
Washington is wearing a brace for practice and said he will wear a different apparatus for games. Randall Godfrey, a late signing who contemplated retirement and missed almost all of training camp, is the backup strong-side linebacker.
"I just tried to be smart about it today," Washington said after practice. "It really just felt good to kind of run around in this heat and get a little bit of action. It's good to kind of get my feet under me a little bit. I'm shooting for [Sunday]. I'm trying to be smart in practice and get everything down and try to learn as much about Miami as I can and be ready to go."
Washington said the brace does not greatly limit his mobility and helps protect against another dislocation. "The main thing is trying not to let it hyperextend too much," he said. Washington is unsure how long the area will be sore, or if it will be a season-long concern.
"It's my first time ever dislocating anything like that," Washington said. "I'm sure I'll have to take care of it until it feels better. I'll to try to be smart about it and continue to get treatment on it."
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