Redskins Park Report-Putting it Behind Them

This is not the way the Redskins wanted to recover from last Sunday's pounding. Six starters missed practice because of injuries or illness.

Three of those players -- defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin (hip), defensive tackle Joe Salave'a (heel) and tight end Robert Royal (calf) are listed as questionable.
Others who didn't practice: end Phillip Daniels (ankle), left tackle Chris Samuels (knee) and receiver Santana Moss (sickness). Reserve safety Omar Stoutmire (hamstring) also did not practice and is listed as questionable. Daniels is expected to practice later in the week and Samuels said it ''looks pretty good'' for him Sunday.

...The good news is, the Redskins' bruised ego has recovered. They're convinced this was a one-game aberration. And they put the game behind them before they entered Redskins Park today.

''We're a good football team that had a real bad day,'' Redskins quarterback Mark Brunell said. ''That's the way I'm going to look at it. I'm going to be positive about this thing. We're not going to start to worry, 'What if?' You can't play football like that.''

...The Redskins did not discuss bringing in any defensive linemen. The coaches don't think the injured players will miss substantial time, if any. And they like their backups, particularly with Cedric Killings returning this week after missing time with the high ankle sprain.

...One thing defensive line coach Greg Blache doesn't do is throw pity parties. If anyone could, it's him. But one reason why he gets a lot out of his players is because of what he demands from them. A starter is hurt? Someone step in and do the job.

''I don't worry, I don't fret over [injuries],'' he said. ''We'll have guys show up and play. It might be me. But we'll have guys line up and get after it. We'll make it, trust me.''
...The Redskins expect Eagles receiver Terrell Owens to play Sunday, despite his being listed as doubtful on the injury report.

‘'I don't think there's any question [Terrell Owens will play],'' Redskins coach Joe Gibbs said. ''You always hear things like that. But I've learned over the years that they always play and they always play great.''

Not that linebacker LaVar Arrington cares if Owens plays or not.

''I don't care,'' he said. ''We're prepared to play the Eagles. We're not playing one person. Things happen. I couldn't care less. We have a game to win against a team, not a person.''

...Also on the Eagles' injury report: punter Dirk Johnson (groin) is out; DE Jevon Kearse (shoulder), K David Akers (hamstring), DE Ndukwe Kalu (shoulder), DT Sam Rayburn (stinger) are  questionable; QB Donovan McNabb (rib/sports hernia), LB Jeremiah Trotter (knee) are probable. Of these players, only Akers and Kalu practiced today.

...Gibbs said the Redskins will make a decision on their kicking situation later in the week. Kicker John Hall said his injury is fine, but he's now trying to strengthen his leg. Hall loves to work out and couldn't do any lifting while he was hurt. He's just now getting his strength back. Once he does, the Redskins likely will cut Nick Novak.


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