Springs Practices, Plans to Play Against Bengals

Saturday, December 13, 2008

CB Shawn Springs (calf) was back at practice yesterday and said he plans to play tomorrow against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium.

"It's better," Springs said. "I think I'm playing."

The 12-year veteran has played in only three of the past nine games because of the calf injury he suffered during the second half of a 26-24 victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Sept. 28. Springs, who also sat out the season-opening loss to the New York Giants because of a shin injury, said his calf responded well in practice.

Washington (7-6) is 4-2 when Springs plays. Considered the Redskins' best defender in press-man coverage, Springs could have a significant role against the Bengals (1-11-1) because T.J. Houshmandzadeh and Chad Johnson are the type of big wide receivers he enjoys facing.

"They're a little better than decent," Redskins Coach Jim Zorn said of Houshmandzadeh and Johnson. "I know that if Shawn Springs can go, he's going to be out there.

"What I saw out there [at practice], he'll go. But it will all be on how he feels. If it swells again, that's the problem. It has been swelling on him. There's still an injury in there. He's not a hundred percent, and this is not game-like conditions."

ยท OTHER INJURIES: Rookie S Chris Horton (shoulder) was held out of practice again and is not expected to play. If Horton does not play, Mike Green would start in place of Horton, Zorn said.

"It's just one of those things," said Horton, the Redskins' third-leading tackler. "I'm preparing myself even though I'm not getting all the physical reps out there. I'm definitely taking a lot of mental reps." . . .

DT Cornelius Griffin (shoulder, abdomen) sat out practice and might not play.

"He tried to go today, but his stomach muscle is still giving him problems," Zorn said. "That's a wait-and-see. That's kind of a questionable situation."

Although Griffin has not practiced this week, "we've got two more days, so we'll see how it goes," he said. "It's still sore, a little more than I thought. Just have to fight through it." . . .

After sitting out the past two games, DL Kedric Golston (bone spurs in his ankle) could be back in the lineup this week.

"Looks promising," Zorn said. "He looked good. Now, he's got to tolerate pain with those spurs. But I think he's going to go." . . .

LB London Fletcher (foot) missed practice for the third straight day but is expected to play. . . .

T Jon Jansen (Grade 2 knee sprain) was sore from his limited work in practice Thursday and did not participate yesterday.

-- Jason Reid

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