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Taylor and Springs Out for Next Game

By Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Defensive end Jason Taylor (calf) and cornerback Shawn Springs (calf) will miss Monday's game against Pittsburgh, Coach Jim Zorn said, and he expects running back Clinton Portis (hip, ankle) to play.

Zorn said most of the injuries do not appear to require a lengthy recuperation, just daily treatment. Taylor's calf, on which he underwent emergency surgery Sept. 22 to relieve a buildup of pressure known as acute compartment syndrome, was lanced Sunday night, Zorn said.

Taylor is battling swelling and also had a strep infection -- not the dreaded and dangerous staph infection -- in the calf, Zorn said, which is being treated with antibiotics. Zorn said the infection is "not dangerous" and was essentially from "a dirty wound."

"It's not staph at all," Zorn said.

Taylor will rest for three days, and the hope is the inactivity will decrease the swelling so the doctors can close the wound properly. Taylor may be able to come back after the bye week, Zorn said.

Springs's strain was fairly severe, Zorn said, with an MRI exam confirming as much. Springs is out through the bye week but hopes to play Nov. 16 against Dallas.

Zorn said defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin's shoulder is feeling better after sitting out Sunday, and he will play. Zorn also expects starting strong safety Chris Horton (ankle) to play against the Steelers.

Zorn described his team as tired, and the players agreed. They came to camp early, have a late bye week and have played a lot of football. Zorn said it showed in the locker room after Sunday's game, when no matter what he tried to yell ("Victory Monday! We're 6-2!"), it didn't prompt a response.

Zorn also didn't make much of his run-in with Portis on the sidelines during his news conference yesterday, just saying "we're all held accountable."

Coaches to Heyer: Get Low

Stephon Heyer had a tough day at left tackle against Detroit, but Zorn said he did some things well. Heyer has had difficulty maintaining leverage and keeping his backside down in pass protection; it was obvious last year in the preseason and is something scouts have harped on.

In going over Heyer's performance from Sunday, Zorn said offensive line coach Joe Bugel kept making one point over and over.

"All Stephon has to do is get lower," Zorn said Bugel told the staff.

Heyer was a late replacement for Chris Samuels, who was unable to play because of an ailing knee. With the trouble Heyer had against the Lions' stunts on Sunday, there is some concern about him playing against Pittsburgh, though Samuels probably will play through his knee pain.

Campbell Stresses Results

Despite being 6-2 at the midpoint of its schedule, Washington has no victories of more than eight points. But that's not a problem, quarterback Jason Campbell said.

"This is not high school and it's not college," he said. "Each and every week, any given team can beat you on any given Sunday. It's all about going out and getting a 'W.' Whether you win by one point or whether you win [by] 10 to 15, at the end of the day it still shows up as the same, 'W,' no matter how you get it. We just have to continue to understand that winning in the NFL is not easy."

Staff writer Jason Reid contributed to this report.

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