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Lloyd Breaks Bone; Team Signs WR Farris

By Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, November 15, 2007

The Washington Redskins agreed to terms with wide receiver Jimmy Farris last night, the player said, after wideout Brandon Lloyd suffered what is likely a season-ending shoulder injury during practice yesterday at Redskins Park. Lloyd broke his collarbone on the final play of practice and is expected to be placed on injured reserve today to make room for Farris. Lloyd, who has flopped in two seasons here, would be out at least six weeks with his injury with just seven games to play.

Bubba Tyer, director of sports medicine, said yesterday that the team was considering placing Lloyd on the injured-reserve list, but a decision had not been made. Lloyd's career in Washington already was in jeopardy before the injury, given his clashes with the staff, hefty contract and lack of production. Lloyd, who has two catches for 14 yards this season, was prohibited from accompanying the team to its Nov. 4 game against the New York Jets at Giants Stadium because he missed a meeting and has had several altercations with coaches.

He was inactive for a game late last season after throwing his helmet; he lost his starting job then and never regained it. Lloyd has 25 catches (and no touchdowns) since the Redskins acquired him from the San Francisco 49ers for a third-round pick in the 2006 draft and a fourth-round pick in the 2007 draft. The Redskins gave him a new contract at the time, with $10 million in guaranteed bonuses. With a $1.8 million roster bonus due to Lloyd in June, many around the team are anticipating his departure.

Farris, 29, played for the Redskins in 2005, was one of the team's final cuts in 2006 and spent this preseason with Jacksonville. If he passes his physical, Farris will sign a contact today, he said. Farris is one of few free agents who could step in with an immediate grasp of the offense and play right away.

"That was one of the reasons why I always thought I'd have a chance to get back to Washington," Farris said on his cellphone while boarding the plane. "I'll come in tomorrow and brush up on some things, and I'll be ready to play in this offense on Sunday.

Moss Can't Get on Field

Top receiver Santana Moss was unable to get on the field again yesterday and could miss another game because of a heel injury. Wide receiver James Thrash, who had an outstanding performance in Sunday's loss to Philadelphia, is still on crutches with a high ankle sprain and will not play this weekend. Wide receiver Antwaan Randle El has been bothered by groin and hamstring problems this year but is practicing, leaving the team desperate for help.

Washington Practices

Linebacker Marcus Washington was able to practice while recovering from a hamstring injury. He has missed four of the last five games and has not been entirely healthy this season. "I'm excited to come back, and hopefully this is something I can put behind me," he said.

Cornerback Fred Smoot (hamstring) was limited in practice, as he has been for much of the season. Guard Pete Kendall (knees) was rested, while safety Sean Taylor (knee) and guard Randy Thomas (triceps) are out with more long-term injuries.

Staff writer Jason Reid contributed to this report.

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