Zorn Has Roster Decisions Ahead for Seattle Game
Some interesting roster decisions for Sunday's game in Seattle loom for Redskins Coach Jim Zorn. WR Malcolm Kelly is expected to play, which could lead to a running back or a tight end being deactivated.
Zorn indicated yesterday that he is leaning toward having four active running backs because Clinton Portis and Ladell Betts are battling injuries, though Zorn said that is not a certainty. RB Shaun Alexander, a former league MVP with the Seahawks, would be the fourth running back.
Zorn said that "having four running backs up is a luxury," but with Portis (knee) again missing practice, "putting Shaun down doesn't make any sense to me right now."
Zorn said that Kelly could be a game-time decision as he assesses how far along the rookie is in terms of knowing the playbook.
"I have to trust that he can do what's called for," said Zorn, who added he won't make a final decision until Sunday morning.
· ZORN ON BALANCE: In the last two games, both losses, the Redskins have attempted a total of 78 passes and run the ball 33 times. In their six wins, the Redskins ran the ball 212 times and attempted 179 passes
"I definitely will be more balanced," Zorn said yesterday. "But we have to have a score on the board in the fourth quarter that allows me to run the clock out. . . .
"I think most of the game of balance is played in the first three quarters, and then, in that fourth quarter, if you're behind you end up throwing more than you ran. If you're ahead you end up maintaining that good balance. That's usually the way it works, and it's worked that way for me all year."
· INJURY UPDATES: LT Chris Samuels (knee) and WR Antwaan Randle El (ankle) also sat out practice, but both are expected to play.
DT Anthony Montgomery (Achilles' tendon) was "a little ginger, but he was out there" practicing, according to Zorn. Betts practiced with his sore knee and "did fine," Zorn said.
CB Shawn Springs (calf) made it through another full practice and will play, Zorn said.
-- Jason La Canfora