Alexander in doubt

Redskins tight end Stephen Alexander said his ankle felt as strong as it had in a while during pregame warmups Sunday. Which is why he was so excited for the game against Dallas.

Now he's not sure if he'll even play again this season, thanks to that ankle. An MRI on Monday revealed no broken bone and the Redskins are simply calling it a sprained ankle.

However, Alexander said doctors told him there appeared to be an old fracture, likely linked to his previous high ankle sprain that caused him to miss four games.

If Alexander doesn't improve by next week, he could be headed for the injured reserve list, ending his most disappointing season with the Redskins.

''It felt as good as it ever has,'' Alexander said. ''I was pumped up before the game, bouncing around and running around. . . We'll see if it's not too bad. It doesn't hurt as bad as it did before.''

Still, this season has frustrated Alexander, a Pro Bowl participant in 2000. He won't get near Hawaii this year with only nine catches. And he agreed this has turned into a nightmare season for him. That doesn't bode well entering free agency.

''I've never had a situation where I had to sit out and miss games,'' Alexander said, ''and play in a limited role. I hate that. I hate going into a game knowing I'll only get 25 snaps. You can't just go out and play.''

Also, tight end Walter Rasby sprained his right ankle Sunday, but he said he would play no matter what.

John Keim covers the Redskins for The Journal Newspapers and is a correspondent for Pro Football Weekly.

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