Redskins Notebook

Calf Injury Sidelines Springs for Fourth Straight Game

The Redskins got off to a strong start after celebrating Hall of Famers Art Monk and Darrell Green, but the Cowboys rallied in the fourth quarter and held on for a 14-10 win with fourth quarter drives fueled by running back Marion Barber.
By Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 17, 2008

Cornerback Shawn Springs missed his fourth straight game with a torn calf muscle, unable to recover in time to face the team for which his father used to play. Springs said throughout the week that he believed he would play last night against Dallas, but his calf has not healed yet, and he estimated he was at roughly 60 percent over the weekend.

Springs did make some strides late in the week. He was originally slated for individual drills on Friday, but ended up taking some reps with the first-team defense and also warmed up last night.

Springs recently flew in a specialist from Toronto to help him rehab from the injury, which he suffered last month in practice.

The Redskins signed free agent cornerback DeAngelo Hall on Nov. 7, and he served as the third cornerback in his Redskins debut last night behind Fred Smoot and Carlos Rogers. Springs, who also plays some free safety, longed for a rematch with Terrell Owens, the Cowboys wide receiver and Springs's friend.

Springs is the only cornerback on the roster with any significant experience playing against slot receivers; Smoot and Rogers took turns in that role during practice last week. The Redskins' other slot cornerback, Leigh Torrence, was released when Hall was signed.

Hall, a Virginia native and Virginia Tech product had been with Oakland.

Evans Starts for J. Taylor

Defensive end Jason Taylor was back on the field after suffering through a calf injury, but Demetric Evans remained the starter at left end. Evans, who is having a strong season as an end and as an interior pass rusher in the nickel package, is more stout against the run and practiced with the first team this week.

Taylor, whom the Redskins hope can add fire to a pedestrian pass rush, could become a factor on third downs, aiding the pass rush as he works back after being hampered much of the season.

Taylor underwent calf surgery early in the season, then a second procedure to relieve swelling, and was inactive for the team's last game, against Pittsburgh.

Doesn't Hurt to Talk

With strong-side linebacker Marcus Washington slowed by injuries the last two seasons, linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti has relied on Washington to update him daily on his status each week.

Washington, who has had recurring hamstring problems since the 2007 season, and Olivadotti spoke often last week as Washington practiced despite experiencing pain from a right shoulder injury.

The nine-year veteran went to the sideline briefly last night after hurting his ankle, but X-rays came back negative.

Washington sat out two games earlier this season because of a hamstring injury, and the Redskins hope Washington's shoulder problem does not become a long-term issue.

"This is a different breed of cat. It's different than a hamstring," Olivadotti said. "We had an inkling of where it would be after he had a little time to rest it. With a hamstring, you don't know where it's going to be" even with rest.

Sitting It Out

The Redskins left rookie wide receiver Malcolm Kelly inactive with him just coming back to practice last week after a lengthy knee injury. Defensive tackle Anthony Montgomery missed the game with an Achilles' tendon injury. Offensive linemen Jason Fabini and Chad Rinehart were healthy scratches, as were defensive ends Rob Jackson and Erasmus James.

Staff writer Jason Reid contributed to this report.

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