Redskins List Rabach, Wade as Probable to Play vs. Cardinals

Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, October 20, 2007; Page E01

The Redskins yesterday listed center Casey Rabach and right tackle Todd Wade, both suffering from groin strains, as probable for tomorrow's game against the Arizona Cardinals, though Coach Joe Gibbs said it would be a "game-time decision" as to whether Rabach will be able to play.

"We're going to reevaluate [today] and go from there," said Rabach, a stalwart on the offensive line who was unable to practice all week. "Things feel better and better each day, so we'll see."

Center Casey Rabach (groin strain) will be a game-time decision.
Center Casey Rabach (groin strain) will be a game-time decision. (By John Mcdonnell -- The Washington Post)

There is no practice at Redskins Park today, just meetings and walk-throughs, but Rabach said he will "try to get after it" during individual drills with athletic trainers, working hard on footwork and lateral movement.

"I'll try to do what I have to do in the game environment as much as I can and if it feels good, take the walk-through, go to the hotel and get some more treatment and wake up [tomorrow] and play," he said.

Gibbs said the team does not expect to make a final determination on Rabach until tomorrow morning. "Probably with Casey what we'll do is warm him up on game day and see how he feels," Gibbs said. "I know he felt a lot better today."

If Rabach cannot play, veteran Mike Pucillo would replace him. Pucillo, who can play center and guard, was acquired in 2006 and re-signed in the offseason to add depth to the line. Pucillo took snaps with quarterback Jason Campbell all week, getting reconnected with his former teammate at Auburn.

"Mike was my second center in Auburn, so I'm used to him and that's a positive," Campbell said. "Hopefully, Casey can go, but if he can't we've got confidence in Mike. The bottom line is we have to protect the football this week and focus on what we're doing. We can be a dynamic offense, and we're so close, but it's the little things we're not doing and we've got to focus on protecting the football."

Pucillo said: "We're all professionals and in training camp we had a lot of switching around and stuff like that, so it's not like we haven't been through different people moving in and out, and I think we're all used to it. So we just go out there and get our technique down and work together. That's what we get paid for."

As for other injured Redskins, reserve tackle Stephon Heyer, who pulled his hamstring, was listed as questionable for tomorrow's game after not practicing all week. Starting linebacker Marcus Washington also is questionable.

Left guard Pete Kendall, who sat out of practice Wednesday with knee and hamstring soreness, was listed as probable.

The Redskins, who lost starting lineman Randy Thomas and Jon Jansen in the first two weeks of the season, have faced injury problems on the offensive line all season and have repeatedly been forced to reshuffle the unit.

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