The Washington Redskins' defensive line will again be a source of concern entering next weekend with tackle Cornelius Griffin leaving yesterday's 52-17 pummeling of San Francisco with a strained hip flexor. Tackle Joe Salave'a played in considerable pain because of plantar fasciitis, while reserves Aki Jones (hamstring) and Cedric Killings (ankle) were inactive.
Griffin said he will be reevaluated today, and is listed as day-to-day. He expects he may have to miss some practice this week but is intent on playing on Sunday against the Giants, his former team, in New York. "I just have to pray about it and ask God to help heal me and get me back on the field," Griffin said. "But I think it'll be okay. I won't miss the next game."
Salave'a started despite missing practice all week, but was hurting afterward. "It's very tender," Salave'a said. "I've never had this kind of thing before and they're talking about months of this. I guess I just have to get treatment and rest."
Rookie cornerback Carlos Rogers missed the game with an ankle injury. He played in considerable discomfort last week in Kansas City with Shawn Springs out, and the Redskins did not want to have Rogers do so again. Several players left for a few plays to receive treatment, but none of those injuries was severe, Coach Joe Gibbs said, with Griffin the only new injury.
Big Day for Clemons Clan
Defensive lineman Nic Clemons played in his first NFL game yesterday, joining his brother, Chris, on defense. Nic, who did not play football until junior college, and Chris, a linebacker, overcame hardship growing up in Griffin, Ga., and fulfilled a dream by playing yesterday. Their mother, Mattie, and several other family members decided three weeks ago to fly up for the game, and the timing was perfect.
"Getting to play with my brother for the first time in an NFL game, I felt great," Nic Clemons said. "Hopefully, I'll get out there some more. It was a blessing for me for my mom and aunts and uncles to be here. They came up for their first game this year, and me and my brother end up dressing and actually getting a lot of playing time."
Sellers Steps Up Production
H-back Mike Sellers continues to evolve into a key offensive cog, catching two more touchdown passes. He entered the season having never caught more than two touchdown passes in a season and is second only to wide receiver Santana Moss on the team with four touchdown receptions through six games.
With Sellers now fully versed in the hybrid H-back role -- he is a former fullback -- the coaches are running plays for him even away from the goal line. He ran a pattern down the middle of the field late in the first half, catching a 19-yard pass for a 35-7 lead.
"He was the go-to guy there," quarterback Mark Brunell said. "That play was for Mike Sellers."
"I can't complain," Sellers said. "I'm not going to sit there and try to figure out how it's happening or why it's happening. I'm just going to play the game."
The Redskins set a record for most points scored at FedEx Field. . . . End Phillip Daniels's fumble recovery late in the first half -- off linebacker Marcus Washington's sack and forced fumble -- was the defense's first turnover since the final play of Week 1, a span of 263 plays. The Redskins had recovered one of 10 forced fumbles this season prior to that. . . . Place kicker John Hall missed his fifth straight game with a quadriceps injury, leaving rookie Nick Novak to kick again. Hall is getting closer to a return, however, and could be active for next week's game at New York.