Washington Redskins safety Leomont Evans resumed weightlifting and joined the team's walk-through yesterday and is expected to start Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles, according to trainer Bubba Tyer.
Evans suffered a concussion during the Redskins' Oct. 31 victory over Chicago and was inactive for Sunday's game against Buffalo. Matt Stevens filled in and was credited with 10 tackles and one sack.
Evans met Sunday with team physician Anthony Casolaro, who cleared him for yesterday's walk-through. He is scheduled for another evaluation today, in which he expects to be cleared for full-contact practice Wednesday.
Evans watched Sunday as the Redskins' defense allowed Buffalo to pile up 413 yards of total offense and control the ball for 41 minutes.
Asked why he thought the defense was playing so erratically, Evans said: "You have breakdowns that contribute to it. That's basically what happened. At Week Nine, it's time for them to stop."
Turk: 'I Had a Horrible Day'
Pro Bowl punter Matt Turk had little to say about his rocky performance in Sunday's 34-17 loss to Buffalo, but did suggest that adjusting to playing with a surgically repaired finger, which is wrapped in a small cast, had something to do with it.
Playing in his first game since Oct. 17, Turk shanked both of his punts for 32 and 29 yards, drawing boos from the crowd at Redskins Stadium.
"I just was off. I had a horrible day," Turk said. "I'm inconsistent with my drop because I'm catching the ball funny."
Turk maintains that he broke his finger during the Oct. 17 victory over Arizona, while team officials believe he injured it playing basketball the following day. As he was warming up before last week's game against Chicago, Turk suffered lower back spasms, which meant backup Brian Hansen played a second consecutive game.
On Sunday, Turk's 32-yard punt helped start Buffalo's ensuing drive at the Bills 25.
The possession produced a touchdown that extended Buffalo's lead to 24-10. Turk's 29-yarder helped start Buffalo's drive on its 36. The series also yielded a touchdown, making it 31-10.
Team officials discussed the possibility of releasing Turk yesterday but decided against it, sources said, and Coach Norv Turner expressed confidence that Turk would regain his form.
"Matt is really struggling," Turner said. "He comes back off of a lower back, the tightness he's had in the past. Then he's got a cast on his finger. He's trying to drop the ball; he's trying to adjust to having the cast on his finger.
"He did not punt well. He's going to come out of it. He's capable of being as he has been in the past: one of the best punters in this league."
Meantime, Hansen remains on the roster.
Bowie Should Practice Next Week
Fullback Larry Bowie, who broke his leg during the preseason, should be ready to practice next week, Tyer said. That means he may be ready to play Nov. 21 against the New York Giants.
Defensive end Ndukwe Kalu (broken foot) ran yesterday, but it is doubtful he'll be ready to play Sunday. Cornerback Tito Paul (swollen right knee) is questionable for Sunday.
The Redskins' injury list was long after the loss to Buffalo, but the following players are expected to practice this week and play Sunday: tight end Stephen Alexander (mild sprained thumb), defensive tackle Marc Boutte (strained groin), wide receiver Albert Connell (sore neck), linebacker Kurt Gouveia (bruised thigh), right tackle Jon Jansen (mild sprained ankle), tight end Mike Sellers (mild lumbar sprain) and wide receiver Michael Westbrook (mild sprained ankle).