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Redskins Rule Out Marcus Washington for Sunday's Game With Giants
Coach Jim Zorn said yesterday the Redskins are ruling out only LB Marcus Washington for Sunday's game against the New York Giants, although a number of players were unable to participate fully in practice yesterday.
The defensive front seven has been the most affected, with MLB London Fletcher the biggest concern. Fletcher still has a walking boot on his sprained foot and is getting treatment.
"If we can't get him on the field by Friday, then I think that would be a problem," Zorn said.
DT Kedric Golston (bone spurs in ankle) and DE Andre Carter (foot) remain in walking boots as well.
Golston said he isn't ruling out practicing later this week or possibly even playing Sunday despite a bone spur. He said the pain is dissipating, and he is eager for the chance to test his foot on the practice field.
"I'm feeling 100 percent better than I was" Tuesday, Golston said. "Tomorrow, who knows? I could be fine, honestly."
DT Cornelius Griffin (shoulder) did not take part in all of practice, although he probably will play. The Giants are a dominant rushing team, and Zorn said he knows this could be a difficult matchup.
"It's very scary with our front four, and I don't know who is going to make it back," Zorn said.
On offense, G Pete Kendall was given yesterday off to rest his knees, which is normal. RB Clinton Portis, who added a rib muscle strain to his array of injuries, also sat out, but overall is feeling "a little bit better," Zorn said, with the rib muscle problem not severe, the coach said.
LT Chris Samuels rested his sore knee as well, but he is scheduled to play.
RB Ladell Betts's knee injury continues to improve, and Zorn said he looked "very good" at practice.
· BOSCHETTI MAY PLAY: DT Lorenzo Alexander said players have heard that newcomer Ryan Boschetti will play Sunday. He was just signed Tuesday and has not played since the preseason, but Washington needs healthy linemen.
"The Giants are going to come after us in the run game, we know that," Alexander said. "And whoever is in there, whether it's me and Boschetti or whoever, we've got to be ready to play."
-- Jason La Canfora and Jason Reid