Carlos Rogers knows that, to opposing quarterbacks, his No. 22 jersey may as well carry a bull's-eye. Three weeks ago, Joey Galloway and Edell Sheppard focused on the secondary platoon of Rogers and Walt Harris in the Washington Redskins' 36-35 loss to Tampa Bay. Against Oakland, Rogers had to worry about Randy Moss and Joey Porter -- and the latter had 142 yards receiving.
The next week, with Harris benched and Rogers the starter, San Diego challenged the secondary. Then, last week against St. Louis, Rogers was lined up against Torry Holt, one of the game's best receivers.
Next up for Rogers are Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin of the Arizona Cardinals. Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne of Indianapolis, Moss and Porter, and Isaac Bruce and Holt may be better known duos, but statistically Fitzgerald and Boldin are formidable.
"They're really talented. Anquan Boldin is  years old. He's got excellent hands, and a phenomenal ability to run after the catch," Cardinals Coach Dennis Green said. "Larry Fitzgerald is only 22. He's a little bit bigger. He expands the field. A ball on the sidelines normally out of bounds, he can go get it. It is surprising because there are a lot of good ones out there but also because they're so young."
Fitzgerald has caught passes for 1,128 yards and is tied with Carolina's Steve Smith for the NFL lead in receptions with 82; Boldin is fifth in the league with 68 catches and is eight yards from his second 1,000-yard season in three years.
"They have great receivers," Rogers said. "Boldin is like a running back at wide receiver. He can make a one-yard catch and break it into a 50-yard touchdown. I look forward to the challenge. Being a rookie, I know they're going to come after me, like they did last week."
Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner, who won two MVP awards with the Rams, is impressed as well.
"I worked with some good ones, but the top two guys here are special. They're young. They're growing," Warner said. "Torry and Isaac were built around their quickness. They were good at getting separation at the top of their routes. Here, they aren't built on quickness or speed, but technique and leverage. It's hard to go through them or take the ball away from them."
Santana Moss left practice early after injuring his hamstring. The team did not indicate the severity of the injury although it listed him as probable for Sunday. Moss has played in every game this season. Seven other players were listed as having not practiced yesterday, including LaVar Arrington. He injured his right quadriceps in the second quarter of the 24-9 win Sunday over St. Louis and is listed as questionable. Offensive lineman Chris Samuels (knee; probable), defensive tackles Joe Salave'a (foot; questionable), Cornelius Griffin (hip; probable) and Cedric Killings (groin; questionable), wide receiver James Thrash (hamstring; questionable) and free safety Ryan Clark (ankle; probable) did not formally practice, although Thrash and Clark were in uniform and performed in some team drills. Jon Jansen was in uniform, but did not practice.
A Familiar Foot
Cardinals kicker Nick Novak started the season with the Redskins, appearing in five games when John Hall was injured. Arizona signed Novak, a Maryland product, on Dec. 1 to replace Neil Rackers, who tore a calf muscle in practice. "Nick Novak did a good job for us. We'll keep him around till the end of the year," Green said. "He did a good job when he was playing for Hall and I think he'll do a good job for us."