Zorn Says Springs Might Play

By Jason Reid
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, October 4, 2008

Although cornerback Shawn Springs did not practice this week because of a calf injury, he could play tomorrow against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field, Coach Jim Zorn said after practice yesterday at Redskins Park.

"Shawn Springs, to me, is still a question mark," Zorn said. "I just want to see what happens on Sunday for him. He would be one guy I would definitely play without the reps."

Zorn added that it will be a game-time decision.

Springs's injury occurred in the third quarter of Washington's 26-24 victory on Sunday over the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium. During the first half, Springs was outstanding in press-man coverage against Dallas wide receiver Terrell Owens.

The Redskins were without Springs, who had a shin injury, in their season-opening loss to the New York Giants. "We'll just have to see" about tomorrow's game, Springs said.

Heyer Likely Out

Tackle Stephon Heyer (shoulder) sat out practice for the third straight day and is not expected to play against the Eagles.

"It's just the best bet for me to rest right now," Heyer said. "Day by day it feels like it gets a little better, but it's not 100 percent to where I can go out there and perform.

"I want to play, but I know if I go out there I wouldn't be doing anybody any good. I have to get healthy."

Longtime right tackle Jon Jansen, whom Heyer replaced on the first team before the season, will start for the second straight week, Zorn said. Jansen performed well against the Cowboys, coaches said.

Kelly Inactive Again

Rookie wide receiver Malcolm Kelly will be inactive for the fourth time in five weeks this season, Zorn said.

"He's not going to participate," he said. "He's getting better, but I'm going to deactivate him, I can tell you that right now.

"He just hasn't participated enough in our team responsibilities for me to feel comfortable with him running the routes. What I have been excited about is that what he has done, he's been able to go full speed with." . . .

Officially, defensive end Jason Taylor is listed as out, Heyer is doubtful, Springs and linebacker Marcus Washington are questionable, and defensive end Andre Carter and guard Randy Thomas are probable. Carter returned to practice yesterday after being excused for personal reasons earlier in the week.

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