. . . It was hard for him to leave. It was good for him to be back. And for receivers coach Stan Hixon, his being back at Redskins Park means good news about his son, Drew.
Though his son remains in a coma, he has made progress and, last week, opened his eyes. He's past the critical stage, which is why Hixon rejoined the Redskins this week. It's uncertain if he'll remain fulltime, pending the health of his son, whom they hope to move to a trauma center in Charlottesville, Va., next week.
''My mind will always be on my son,'' Hixon said. ''But he's getting better. He's breathing without the ventilator. He opened his eyes -- that was big for us. Each day he's gotten better and better. It's a week-to-week, month-to-month situation. . . .Right now it's just time, rehab and physical therapy.''
. . . Receiver Laveranues Coles doesn't want to blame his dislocated right middle finger for his tough night against Dallas. Just like he didn't want to blame his foot woes on his second-half struggles in 2003. That's just the way he is.
''I felt like I let my team down,'' Coles said. ''I didn't play as well as I wanted to. My finger had nothing to do with it. Everyone plays with nicks. But I can't wait until the next game. I want an opportunity to bounce back.''
. . . Safety Matt Bowen was updated to probable after practicing Thursday. But Andre Lott remains questionable because of a knee injury. And returner Chad Morton also remains questionable because of a knee and a concussion. Morton was walking much better Thursday, but it still appears Ladell Betts and James Thrash will handle the return duties.
Linebacker Mike Barrow did not practice again and no one knows when he'll return. But Redskins assistand head coach for defense Gregg Williams said they're not going to ''shut him down.''
Quote of the week: Laveranues Coles, when asked if there's more of a sense of urgency this week, ''There was a sense of urgency last week. People wanted that game more here in D.C. than any other game. If we go out and win this game people in D.C. could care less. They'll say we should have won last week. Every game there's a sense of urgency.''
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