Redskins Notebook

Springs Tending to His Ailing Father

By Jason Reid
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Former Dallas Cowboys running back Ron Springs, father of Washington Redskins cornerback Shawn Springs, reportedly was in a coma yesterday at a Dallas hospital after complications from surgery.

Ron Springs, who underwent surgery to remove a cyst from his elbow Saturday, was on a respirator and had no brain activity, according to reports. Shawn Springs was excused from team activities this week to be with his family in Dallas, and it's unclear whether he will play Sunday against Arizona at FedEx Field.

In February, Ron Springs underwent a kidney transplant, receiving a kidney from Everson Walls, a teammate of his with the Cowboys and a close friend. Springs, who has had diabetes for 16 years, required dialysis three times a week and awaited a transplant for several years. He had rejected his son's offer to be tested as a possible transplant match.

Ron Springs struggled to become healthy enough to endure the transplant process. Potential matches with other family members failed to materialize, prompting Walls to volunteer to help his friend. Springs uses a wheelchair because of the amputation of a foot.

Rabach and Wade Could Play

Center Casey Rabach and right tackle Todd Wade, who continued to receive treatment for their groin injuries, said they don't expect to practice this week, but may be able to play against Arizona.

"There's nothing worse than watching a game from the sidelines, no matter what the situation is," Rabach said. "Obviously, we're dinged up right now, but hopefully we'll be at full force on Sunday."

After missing practice last week because of a hamstring injury, wide receiver Antwaan Randle El played in Sunday's 17-14 loss to Green Bay. Rabach said he could play against Arizona without practicing.

"I could definitely do that," he said. "That's not a problem."

Wade said he's confident he will play Sunday.

"It's just a matter of knowing the offense," Wade said. "Our game plan is always pretty big, so we're not doing anything new."

Two Offensive Linemen Signed

Seeking practice squad depth, the Redskins signed offensive linemen Calvin Armstrong and Kevin Sampson.

Armstrong (6 feet 7, 320 pounds), who played at Washington State, was with the Redskins in the offseason, having been released in final roster cuts Sept. 1. A sixth-round draft choice by Philadelphia in 2005, Armstrong was active for three games in his rookie season but did not appear in a game. The Eagles released Armstrong before the start of the 2006 season.

Sampson (6-4, 312), a seventh-round pick by Kansas City in 2004, played for the Chiefs under Al Saunders, the Redskins' associate head coach-offense. Sampson played in 16 games, making seven starts, at right tackle for Kansas City, which released him before the season. Recently, Sampson was on Carolina's practice squad for two weeks.

Washington May Wait Another Week

Linebacker Marcus Washington (hamstring) may not be ready to return to the lineup this week.

Washington does not expect to participate in drills today. "I'll probably just be jogging when practice starts," he said. He may shift his focus to playing against the New England Patriots on Oct. 28. . . . Backup tackle Stephon Heyer (hamstring) received treatment.

Staff writer Jason La Canfora contributed to this report.

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