Veteran offensive lineman Jeff Bostic is expected to be activated by the Washington Redskins today and should play Sunday against the New York Giants in East Rutherford, N.J., possibly at guard.
Bostic, a four-year starter at center, has been out of action since the eighth game of last season when he tore three of the four ligaments in his left knee. General Manager Bobby Beathard and Coach Joe Gibbs said that because of injuries to the offensive line, it is all but certain that Bostic will be activated.
"I think we're gonna," Beathard said. "With (Joe) Jacoby's knee and (Ken) Huff's (broken) toe, it's fairly safe to assume we will."
Said Gibbs, "I'll wait until tomorrow (Friday) to do it, but with us being nicked there, it puts more pressure on us and that is a definite priority."
Jacoby twisted his right knee on the artificial turf during Wednesday's practice and did not participate in drills yesterday. But he said he would practice today and expected to play Sunday.
"It's a little weak still, but I'll be out there tomorrow," Jacoby said. "I'm not gonna miss (the game)."
Bostic practiced yesterday at left guard and Russ Grimm moved to left tackle. Huff, who has a broken left big toe, practiced at right guard and is expected to start Sunday.
"He looked real good," Gibbs said of Bostic, who is not expected to start unless Jacoby cannot.
"Working at a different position, I had to refresh myself with the guard's blocking schemes," said Bostic, who played guard his senior year at Clemson, before practice. "It's not that big a deal, but being able to remember all that quickly is the thing. As the defense changes, you have to react rather than think. I feel good physically, and mentally as well. Now it's a coach's decision."
It appears that the odd man out in that decision will be defensive end Doug Barnett, who joined the team only two weeks ago, primarily to snap on punts and field goals. Bostic handled that before his injury, and will do so when he returns.
Barnett said he understands the situation.
"They were honest with me," Barnett said. "It's not like they're hiding anything. They said they were going to need to make a decision, but I'm just thankful for the opportunity to be here for two games.
"It surprises me that they would want to make the move this soon . . . But I really wish him (Bostic) all the best of luck."
Cornerback Vernon Dean (bruised right thigh and knee) returned to practice yesterday. And wide receiver Art Monk participated, but not in all the team drills. "He's okay, we just want him to be rested," Gibbs said. Both are expected to play.