Many Redskins Are Banged Up, but Not Out

By Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Tackle Todd Wade likely will miss practice time this week but could play Sunday at Tampa Bay with a sprained left knee. MRI exam results revealed the Washington Redskins' starting right tackle suffered only a Grade 1 sprain -- the mildest type -- while several players will require medical treatment this week but are expected to play, according to Bubba Tyer, director of sports medicine.

Although quarterback Jason Campbell left Redskins Park yesterday with a splint on his throwing hand, Coach Joe Gibbs and Tyer both said Campbell is not seriously hurt and is receiving treatment for abrasions only. He has dealt with minor hand discomfort at times this season. Gibbs said that Campbell, who had 54 pass attempts Sunday, was hit hard in the loss but that "he's fine; I've got no reports on him."

Starting guard Pete Kendall is undergoing treatment for his knees and ankle, and wide receivers Santana Moss (heel) and Antwaan Randle El (shoulder) will be brought along slowly this week though they are expected to play again, Tyer said.

Wide receiver James Thrash (high ankle sprain) is likely to miss at least one more game, but is itching to play and could be out of his walking boot in the next few days, Tyer said. Linebacker London Fletcher is dealing with bruised ribs but will play, and X-rays on defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin's ankle and foot revealed no injuries, Tyer said. Cornerback Fred Smoot and linebacker Marcus Washington both were in good health yesterday after dealing with lingering hamstring problems, and safety Reed Doughty has a bruised knee.

Tyer said Wade is the biggest concern among the injured, but "we'll take him day-to-day and see if we can get him ready for the weekend."

Wade said he was hurt late in the first half when, untouched in pass protection, his left knee buckled. The lineman, who has experienced serious knee problems before, said there "was too much looseness in the knee" to return to the game. But he knew instantly that this injury was not severe, which the MRI results confirmed. "I don't think it's anything," Wade said. "I'm really not going to miss a game, but we'll see how it is."

Tough Times for Campbell

Campbell's teammates continue to rally around him, with the second-year starter taking losses as hard as anyone in the organization. Campbell cried after Sunday's loss, angry with himself for a late-game interception on what overall was his best performance in the NFL. Gibbs called on Campbell to throw the ball 54 times to try to keep pace with the Cowboys, and the youngster responded in every way but ultimately pulling off the comeback.

Campbell remained a harsh self-critic yesterday. "It's tough, we keep losing all these close games and we're playing so hard as a team," he said. "You're fighting your hearts out and it seems like things don't go our way towards the end of games"

Tackle Chris Samuels, who struggled at critical junctures against Dallas linebacker DeMarcus Ware, was among those to console Campbell after the game. "We saw him crying in the locker room and that just shows how much Jason, how much passion he has for the game, how much he loves it," Samuels said. "He takes it really hard. And we all encouraged him and told him everybody makes mistakes. Even I had mistakes in the game. You've just got to stay encouraged and let it roll of your shoulders and bounce back."

Said Gibbs of Campbell's emotion, "That's probably something you can't manufacture and you can't hide, and I think it shows up in the way he plays and I think that will continue to be the case with him."

Staff writer Paul Tenorio contributed to this report.

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