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Zorn Frustrated by Equipment Problems

By Barry Svrluga
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 5, 2008

For the second time in four games at FedEx Field, the Redskins had a problem with the communication system that allows Coach Jim Zorn to talk to his assistants and, in this case, to quarterback Jason Campbell. In the fourth quarter of Monday's 23-6 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Campbell's in-helmet speaker -- through which he gets the plays from Zorn -- didn't work, and the Redskins had to use a timeout.

"We went back to high school and Pop Warner days, shuttling plays in and out," guard Pete Kendall said.

Zorn said the problem must be eliminated. Campbell was the only one who couldn't hear Zorn, and the speaker in his helmet had to be replaced during the timeout. It then worked for a few plays, Zorn said, but went out again.

"It was unbelievable," Zorn said. "Our guys work really hard to try to make that a flawless and seamless operation. But at a critical time in the game, I don't want to have to worry about it, and it happened. And it just didn't happen. It continued to happen."

Zorn said he planned to meet with the equipment staff to make sure the problem was addressed prior to the Nov. 16 home game against Dallas.

Players on the Mend

Santana Moss was not on the field as much as usual against Pittsburgh, given his hamstring issues, and is looking forward to the bye week. "It didn't get any worse," Moss said of the injury. "It pretty much held up."

The wide receiver said he plans to do "nothing" during the bye week other than rest.

Left tackle Chris Samuels was walking fine despite his knee injury, which the team will continue to monitor closely. At some point, it is likely he will require surgery.

Defensive end Jason Taylor, who sat out Monday, is still nursing a calf injury but said, "By far, this is the best I've felt since surgery." He underwent a second procedure Oct. 27; he first had surgery to relieve acute compartment syndrome in the calf the day after being kicked there Sept. 21.

Until he starts playing football again, though, Taylor said it is difficult to gauge just how far along he is. Taylor said he has not felt this good, though, since before hurting his knee in preseason. Coach Jim Zorn said he expects Taylor to play Nov. 16.

Cornerback Shawn Springs said he began jogging last week and expects to play against Dallas. Like all players requiring treatment, he will work out daily at Redskins Park this week and said he may miss a day or two of practice when the team comes back from the bye.

Defensive lineman Lorenzo Alexander has a shoulder sprain, defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery has an Achilles' tendon problem, and linebacker Marcus Washington has a strained rotator cuff. All are expected to play Nov. 16.

Wide receiver Malcolm Kelly has been resting his chronically sore knee for a few weeks but will step up his program this week in hopes of being able to practice at least in a limited capacity when the team goes back to work.

Rogers: 'I've Got to Step Up'

Cornerback Carlos Rogers took full blame for dropping an interception that would have been an easy six points. He does not believe it cost the team the game, however.

"I gave up that touchdown, but did that cost us the game? No," Rogers said. "I've got to step up and make that play, but it was still the second quarter."

Staff writers Jason La Canfora and Jason Reid contributed to this report.

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