Thursday, December 4, 2008
Coach Jim Zorn said he expects DE Andre Carter (foot) to be a game-time decision on Sunday against Baltimore, while he is "optimistic" LB London Fletcher will play despite his foot injury.
Those players did not take part in yesterday's practice, nor did CB Shawn Springs (calf), though Zorn said he thinks Springs will play. Springs is questionable for now, Zorn said.
DT Cornelius Griffin will play, Zorn said, though he rested his sore shoulder yesterday. G Pete Kendall, T Chris Samuels and G Randy Thomas were "rested," according to Zorn, and all are slated to play. Kendall generally rests his knees every Wednesday, while Samuels has been nursing a painful knee injury for about a month now.
Fletcher is unlikely to practice this week, Zorn said, but is feeling better than he did last week, and his streak of 172 games played is expected to continue. The Redskins were short at linebacker yesterday because reserve Alfred Fincher was excused to go to Louisiana for a personal matter, Zorn said, but he will be back for practice today.
· CONSIDERING COOLEY: Zorn addressed TE Chris Cooley's lack of production this season, particularly in the red zone, where Cooley has one touchdown. Zorn pointed out no receiver has been getting into the end zone much, but he said that is not for a lack of trying.
Part of Cooley's limited role early in the season was the result of the coach having to learn his personnel. When Zorn was in Seattle, the Seahawks did not have an elite pass-catching tight end.
"You're exactly right. I'd say early in the season we used a lot of four-wide receiver sets" inside the 20-yard line, Zorn said.
That has not been the case lately, and teams are paying a lot of attention to Cooley in clutch situations, given the lack of other options in the passing game. Usually he is covered by a safety, Zorn said. Often there is another safety downfield who is focused on Cooley's side as well, especially if WR Santana Moss is lined up on the strong side.
· PRAISING ZORN: Ravens first-year coach John Harbaugh, who knows the Redskins well from spending 10 years with the Philadelphia Eagles as an assistant, lauded the work Zorn has done.
"We've had a chance to watch the Redskins for a long time, and I think he's really built on what those players have done well over the years," Harbaugh said. "They play really hard, they're very physical, very sound, very disciplined. They've expanded on all those things."
Harbaugh also praised the play of QB Jason Campbell, and Zorn's handling of him. "He has Jason Campbell playing very well," Harbaugh said. "Turnover-free-type football."
-- Jason La Canfora