Campbell Doesn't Expect Groin Injury to Affect Him

By Barry Svrluga and Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, October 21, 2008

After hurting his groin in Sunday's 14-11 victory over Cleveland, quarterback Jason Campbell said yesterday he doesn't expect any problems preparing for Detroit.

"It feels good," Campbell said. "I'm fine. It's just sore. But other than that I'm fine. I got looked at, the doctor said all we have to do is work on flexibility, and you can just do that every day, just take 10 minutes. Just work on stretching and just stay loose and preparing yourself."

Asked if he would miss practice -- the Redskins begin preparations for Detroit tomorrow -- Campbell said: "I won't miss practice. It's not to that certain extent, to no means. If we had to play a game tomorrow, I'd be ready."

Campbell reiterated that the groin, which he tweaked in the first half when he slipped, affected him slightly during the game, but that it loosened up a bit.

"Just early in the game, just a little bit just because of the stiffness and [being] tight," Campbell said. "We had a cool game yesterday, and we really didn't get started out the way we would like to offensively so we never got into a rhythm where you were working up a sweat or you were really getting involved in the game, so it just got stiff and tight.

"But as the game went along and I got stretched out on the sideline by [head athletic trainer] John Burrell and the trainers kept a heat pack on it, just kept it warm throughout the game, it loosened up, and I began to get back to normal."

Injury Updates

Running back Clinton Portis probably will be held out of some practices again this week but will play on Sunday. Portis had a season-high 175 yards and a touchdown against the Browns and leads the league in rushing.

Running back Ladell Betts (knee) and cornerback Shawn Springs (calf strain) are doubtful to play Sunday in Detroit. Both are likely to come back after the bye week, according to sources with knowledge of the results of their MRI exams. . . .

Guard Pete Kendall's arthritic knees could lead to him resting tomorrow. He also has an non-football-related health issue to tend to this week, but Coach Jim Zorn said it's "nothing major," and "it shouldn't hold him out at all." . . .

Defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin is a serious concern, with his shoulder injury still painful. He played through it Sunday and fared well, but Zorn said, "he's hurt, he really is," and he may "demand" Griffin sit out Sunday. . . .

Defensive end Jason Taylor continues to come back from a calf injury, and Zorn said there was still blood leaking from the injured area after the game. Some stitches remain in the calf from where surgery was performed last month, and Taylor is playing with a pad over the area, but it had not completely healed, Zorn said. . . .

Tight end Todd Yoder was kicked in the hamstring, and it's badly bruised, Zorn said, but he is not expected to miss time. . . .

Zorn said he is looking into whether orthotics or other mechanisms might be able to curb the prevalence of calf injuries that have struck the team.

"I can't figure it out," Zorn said. "I'm trying to look into it. One year it's everybody's hamstring, then the next year it's quads, and this year we've had some calf muscles."

Punter on Performance

Punter Ryan Plackemeier knows there is ample room for improvement after his debut with the Redskins. Plackemeier punted eight times Sunday for an average of 37.3 yards and a net of 28.8. He had a few short punts and also hoped his first punt, which landed inside the 5-yard line, would have had a little less on it, allowing cornerback Leigh Torrence a better chance to down it before it skipped into the end zone.

"I helped our case with a couple of punts and made it a long field for the Browns," Plackemeier said. "And I definitely want a couple back. It's something we can build on. Nothing disastrous, nothing too bad." . . .

Former punter Durant Brooks cleared waivers, agreed to an injury settlement and is no longer with the team, a Redskins spokesman said.

Staff writer Jason Reid contributed to this report.

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