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Thursday, October 14, 2010

McIntosh suffers mild concussion

Linebacker Rocky McIntosh suffered what the team is calling a mild concussion in Sunday's victory over Green Bay. He did not practice on Wednesday as the team returned to work in preparation for its "Sunday Night Football" game against the Indianapolis Colts.

Coach Mike Shanahan said there were no signs of McIntosh's concussion during the Green Bay game.

"Just felt something on Monday, just a slight headache," Shanahan said. "Hopefully there's nothing very serious. We'll go through the symptoms and evaluate it day by day."

The Redskins received encouraging news, though, on tackles Jammal Brown and Trent Williams, who suffered left knee injuries against the Packers. Brown went through Wednesday's full workout. Williams, who missed two games because of knee and toe injuries, did not participate, but Shanahan said he expects he will practice on Thursday.

Stephon Heyer worked in Williams's place at left tackle on Wednesday.

Shanahan also confirmed that defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth is due to rejoin the team on Thursday after missing the Green Bay game and Wednesday's practice following the death of his half-brother in Nashville.

The Redskins also signed wide receiver Ray Small to their practice squad on Wednesday. Small, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound rookie from Ohio State, spent the preseason with Minnesota but was cut after playing in two preseason games in which he caught four passes for 43 yards.

Charges dismissed

A reckless driving charge against Williams was dismissed by a Fairfax County judge on Wednesday because the calibration of the arresting officer's speedometer was not properly notarized.

Williams was driving a Porsche west on the Dulles Toll Road on June 6 when Fairfax Officer Amanda Bronson began following him. Bronson testified that she tracked the Porsche for about two miles, from Wiehle Avenue to the Fairfax County Parkway, and "paced" it - matched her speed to the lead car - at 90 mph in a 55 mph zone.

Bronson said she approached Williams's window, advised him he was driving 90 in a 55, and he replied, "Yeah, and so?"

The officer provided a certificate showing her car's speedometer had been calibrated in February, and the certificate indicates it had been notarized. Virginia law requires a document's authenticity to be sworn to before it can be admitted as evidence.

But the county mechanic who serviced the car did not testify that he had the calibration notarized. Defense lawyer Mark Dycio objected to the certificate, and substitute Fairfax General District Court Judge John Keats threw it out. "For this document to be admitted," Keats said, "it has to be done under oath."

Dycio then asked the judge to dismiss the case, and Keats, an experienced criminal defense attorney himself, did so without further comment.

Here comes Freeney

Considering the shuffling along the Redskins' offensive line through the first five games, it's not surprising that Donovan McNabb is among the league's most-sacked quarterbacks. McNabb is tied for fifth in the NFL, having been sacked 11 times. Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has been sacked a league-leading 17 times.

Sunday night's opponent, the Colts, have one of the NFL's top pass-rushing tandems in ends Dwight Freeney (three sacks) and Robert Mathis (four sacks). McNabb is confident that Williams, Brown and Heyer will be up to the challenge.

"They are a good tandem," McNabb said of Freeney and Mathis on Wednesday before practice. "But I think our training staff will do a great job of getting those guys [Williams and Brown] back on the outside. I think with Jammal and Trent, we definitely need those guys out there."

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