Team Ponders Plan If Sellers Is Out
Friday, November 23, 2007
Starting fullback Mike Sellers missed practice yesterday with a back injury he suffered Wednesday, leaving the Washington Redskins to look for options in case he cannot play Sunday at Tampa Bay.
The Redskins have no reserve fullbacks or H-backs on the roster and wide receiver James Thrash, who serves as an emergency H-back, is injured. Tight ends Chris Cooley and Todd Yoder are already filling significant roles.
"I hate that Mike twisted his back like that and we'll have to see what he's like" on Friday, Coach Joe Gibbs said. "We'll see how he comes along and see if we have to make a decision."
Starting tackle Cornelius Griffin also missed practice again with an ankle injury; Thrash (high-ankle sprain) and Taylor (knee sprain) are not practicing and are not scheduled to play. Wide receiver Santana Moss (heel) practiced fully, but fellow starter Antwaan Randle El (clavicle) was limited. Starting right tackle Todd Wade (knee) was limited in practice and his backup, rookie Stephon Heyer, was excused with a stomach ailment. Tailback Ladell Betts was back at practice yesterday after missing Wednesday's session because of illness.
The Redskins did not plan to immediately sign any of the free agents they worked out yesterday, Gibbs said, but could do so by the weekend. Brian Kozlowski, who has played in Washington for each of the last three seasons, was among the group at Redskins Park prior to practice. Kozlowski was brought in by this staff in 2004, knows the system and is one of Cooley's best friends, and was signed late in the 2006 season as well.
Stephen Spach, a tight end, was also working out yesterday. Spach was signed by Philadelphia as an undrafted free agent in 2005, played for them that season and was cut in 2006. He also spent time with Minnesota.
Campbell Is Ready
Quarterback Jason Campbell will return Sunday to the site of his first NFL start last season, better prepared for Raymond James Stadium. He will now anticipate the cannon that is fired before the game from the faux pirate ship behind one end zone. "You're already nervous for your first NFL start, and then they're shooting that cannon," he said. "That doesn't make it any easier."
Campbell was also asked whether injured wide receiver Brandon Lloyd should have caught the bomb he threw to open that game a year ago, which could have gone for a touchdown. "I cant even comment on that," Campbell said, smiling broadly. "Brandon's a great guy. He made a great effort, though, I will say that." . . .
Wide receiver Jimmy Farris, a close friend of Dallas Cowboys star Terrell Owens, said Owens was humble after catching four touchdowns against the Redskins last Sunday. Farris and Owens spoke after the game and also exchanged text messages. "He's wasn't hyped up or anything, you could tell he was touched by what happened," Farris said. "He just said, 'God is so good.' He knew that was a special day." . . .
Linebacker London Fletcher (ribs) and guard Pete Kendall (knees) participated fully in yesterday's practice. . . .
Much has been made of the records of the teams the Redskins have lost to this season: Those clubs are a combined 42-10.
However, the five teams the Redskins have defeated are a combined 18-34, and Washington required overtime to defeat Miami and the New York Jets, teams with an aggregate 2-19 record.