By Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, October 27, 2007
The Washington Redskins expect to have a full complement of players for tomorrow's game at New England save for guard Randy Thomas and return specialist Rock Cartwright. Thomas is out at least until December with a torn triceps; Cartwright was unable to practice all week with a quadriceps strain and said he did not expect to face the undefeated Patriots.
Several key starters returned this week, and Coach Joe Gibbs said all are probable. Linebacker Marcus Washington (hamstring strain) missed two games but said he felt good at practice and will play. Center Casey Rabach (groin injury) also practiced fully all week.
"It'll be a tough game, but at least we're at full strength for the most part," Rabach said.
Washington's injured cornerbacks -- Fred Smoot (hamstring) and Carlos Rogers (knee) -- were limited early this week, but took full work yesterday and expect to be tested by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and a bevy of talented receivers. Rogers said his knee generally felt good.
"I thought about it more than I want to, and the biggest thing is just getting it out of my head," Rogers said. "But once it's time to play you just go out and play and you don't really have time to think about anything else."
With Cartwright unable to put on pads all week, tailback Ladell Betts took more work returning punts. Betts has handled the duties in the past and said he has continued fielding kickoffs at practice all season.
"I've been doing it all year and if Rock can't go I'll be ready," Betts said.
Reserve tackle Stephon Heyer was able to practice this week and he too is probable after missing last week's victory.