Fabini, Wade Get Acquainted

By Jason Reid
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, September 22, 2007

It figured that Washington Redskins guard Jason Fabini and tackle Todd Wade would spend more time together this week.

The former backups will start on the right side of the line tomorrow against the New York Giants at FedEx Field, and they had a lot to do in a little time.

Washington had a short work week after its 20-12 victory over Philadelphia on Monday night, so Fabini and Wade put in extra time studying film together while trying to build a rapport. Injuries elevated Fabini and Wade to prominent roles, and they said they'll lean on each other now.

"We've been going over things, talking about technique and just trying to develop the continuity we're going to need in the games," Wade said. "There's just a lot of stuff we have to get right between us that will hopefully help us win games, and that's what we've been working on the last few days.

"We want to get it ironed out before we get into the game. I think we're going to be okay."

Fabini, a longtime tackle with the New York Jets, was thrust into the lineup against the Eagles when right guard Randy Thomas suffered a potentially season-ending triceps injury. In his 10th NFL season, Fabini will start at guard for the first time.

"Jason's a pro," Wade said. "He's been in the game a long time and he knows what he has to do."

Wade became a starter when Jon Jansen was sidelined in the season-opening victory over Miami. Jansen had season-ending surgery to repair his fractured fibula and dislocated right ankle.

"It's a big blow when you lose Jon and Randy. You're losing the right side of the line, guys who have been here for a while, and it's tough," Fabini said. "We've got big shoes to fill and we have to perform."

Caldwell May Be Active

Wide receiver Santana Moss participated in limited drills. Moss had hamstring and groin injuries in training camp, so the coaching staff is expected to give the seven-year veteran time off in practice this season.

Recently signed wide receiver Reche Caldwell was inactive against the Eagles, but might be active for tomorrow's game.

"It depends on the health" of the other wide receivers, Coach Joe Gibbs said of Caldwell's status. "But I wouldn't rule it out."

Daniels Feels Good to Go

Defensive end Phillip Daniels, inactive against Philadelphia because of a foot injury, participated in full drills for the third consecutive day and expects to play against the Giants. "It feels good," Daniels said. "I feel confident I'll be out there." . . . Safety Vernon Fox (groin) and cornerback Fred Smoot (hamstring) are questionable to play against the Giants.

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