Smoot Suffers Concussion

Redskins corner Champ Bailey talked to Fred Smoot and said he was back to normal, a couple hours after suffering a concussion. But that doesn't mean Smoot is expected to play Sunday against the Giants.

Smoot suffered the concussion during practice this morning, when he collided with safety Matt Bowen, taking a direct hit to the head. Both were going after a pass thrown by quarterback Rob Johnson.

Smoot was knocked unconscious for less than a minute. The Redskins took him by ambulance to Loudoun County Hospital for further tests. But the initial diagnosis was a concussion.

He'll likely be replaced by second-year corner Rashad Bauman in the lineup, though Bauman is bothered by a sore hamstring. If Bauman can't play, the Redskins would turn to rookie corner Ade Jimoh and even one of the safeties, possibly David Terrell, could play corner in a nickel. Terrell has filled that role in the past.

Bauman said he expects to play.

``If Fred can't go, I'll be able to go,'' Bauman said. ``It's cool that you get a chance to start, but this isn't the way you want it. I just hope to go out and show my skills.''

But Bailey said, ``You can't replace Fred Smoot, he has talent and he brings that energy level. You lose Fred, you lose a lot. Rashad has definitely improved and now he has to show that. He's ready to [start], but he's not Fred. Everyone knows that.''

Kleinschmidt said Smoot will need X-rays and an MRI on his neck, which he called standard procedures. Smoot also had some pain in his back.

``We try to protect players in practice,'' Redskins coach Steve Spurrier said. ``We have to do a better job avoiding collisions.''


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