Smith, Coleman ready

The good news continued for the Redskins: their starting defensive ends, Bruce Smith and Marco Coleman, both are expected to start against New York on Sunday.

Both should give a lift to a defense that had played OK in their absence, giving several young players a chance to gain valuable experience.

Kenard Lang will return to tackle with Coleman's return.

Coleman has missed the past four games because of a dislocated elbow while Smith has missed the past two games after a shoulder injury suffered on the first play against New York on Oct. 7.

''I'm playing, guys,'' Smith said. ''I don't play mind games with other teams. It was very frustrating [not playing] and sometimes emotional. But I knew in due time I'd return. Who says old guys don't heal fast?''

Coleman said, ''I went in pads today so I got a chance to go pretty hard against Jon [Jansen]. It was only practice, but I feel confident. Today was a good day.''

Corner Fred Smoot did not practice and is listed as questionable. He'll probably be a game-time decision. Linebacker Antonio Pierce (groin) was limited in practice, but is listed as probable. Tight end Stephen Alexander (ankle) is listed as doubtful.


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