Thursday, November 20, 2008
RB Clinton Portis said his knee is still sore, and although he remains limited in practice, he left no doubt he will play Sunday in Seattle.
"It's coming along," Portis said. "I'm sore, but I'm playing this week, no ifs, ands or buts about it."
LB Marcus Washington is out with a sprained ankle, but every other injured Redskin is expected to play against the Seahawks, with even DT Anthony Montgomery "coming on" after being able to run at practice despite his injured Achilles' tendon, Coach Jim Zorn said.
LT Chris Samuels's knee was stiff, and he did not practice, but he is slated to play Sunday. WR Antwaan Randle El will rest with a low-ankle sprain for a few days, but Zorn was optimistic about his status. CB Shawn Springs practiced fully for the first time in more than a month and said he expects to play.
RB Ladell Betts "gave us something" at practice, Zorn said, and his knee is coming along.
G Pete Kendall had the day off to rest his knees, as is usual for him. He will play Sunday.
· HOMECOMING: RB Shaun Alexander, who spent his entire career in Seattle before signing with the Redskins, said his return trip will be special for him, but he is not getting too excited.
He said he is eager to see friends and visit his church, but the former league MVP has no grudge against the Seahawks and will be trying to make the most of his limited workload.
"I'm not trying to get myself into a tangent of getting crazy about the game when you get five carries," Alexander said.
P Ryan Plackemeier, who was drafted by the Seahawks and released by them earlier this season, said he has no special motivation for this game, either.
"I don't ever feel like I have anything to prove to anyone," Plackemeier said.
· NEW ADDITION: The Redskins have signed LB Steve Octavien to the practice squad, filling the spot vacated by Curtis Gatewood, who was signed to the Kansas City Chiefs' active roster. Octavien will wear No. 56.
According to the Redskins, Octavien, 23, went to training camp with Kansas City this season after the Chiefs signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Nebraska.
Octavien played in 22 games, with 10 starts, for the Cornhuskers from 2005 to '07 after transferring from William Rainey Harper College.
-- Jason La Canfora