Redskins Notes: Boschetti Steps Up

Redskins Notes 12.07.05--Don't judge Ryan Boschetti by his tackle totals.

...Tackle Jon Jansen did not practice and had his right thumb taped. He received a cortisone shot Tuesday to alleviate the pain and he'll practice in a cast the rest of the season. But he will not play in one. Jansen also will need surgery on that thumb after the season.

...It was cold today. Darn cold. Brrrrr. The Redskins will be happy to get to the desert; it won't be too hot for them, either. Forecast is for the mid-60s in Tempe.

...Don't underestimate what players such as Ryan Boschetti can do. He's improved tremendously on his base and he's very, very strong. Boschetti likes to do the grunt work, a necessary trait for playing over the center. He set up Phillip Daniels well last week. Maybe Boschetti had only one tackle, but he can help against the run without making many plays.

...The best part of the job comes on Wednesday when coach Joe Gibbs has his weekly press conference. After the TV cameras go away, a few print reporters are left to pick his brain on various topics. We'll often chat with him another 10-15 minutes, sometimes joking around (like when he talked about his favorite comic strip, the Wizard of Id, and his favorite movie, Young Frankenstein). Or it can be more football related. But it always provides insight. Today, he talked about Clinton Portis and how, when Gibbs asks him what plays he wants to run, he'll often point out 40- or 50-gut. Portis does not shy away from the power stuff.

...Former Redskins kicker Nick Novak will stay on Arizona's roster the rest of the season, even after Neil Rackers returns from a calf injury.

...Cardinals coach Dennis Green recruited Coy Gibbs to Stanford. Called him a ''classic middle linebacker.''

Injury Report

Washington -- LB LaVar Arrington (thigh), DT Joe Salave'a (foot), WR James Thrash (hamstring) and DT Cedric Killings (groin) are questionable; S Ryan Clark (ankle), DT Cornelius Griffin (hip), LT Chris Samuels (knee), WR Santana Moss (hamstring) are probable. Moss injured himself in practice and returned inside to receive treatment. Coach Joe Gibbs called it a precautionary measure. None of these players practiced.
Arizona -- G Elton Brown (knee) and K Neil Rackers (calf) are doubtful; CB Eric Green (groin), CB Antrel Rolle (knee), RB Marcell Shipp (neck), RB James Jackson (hamstring) and G Jeremy Bridges (ankle) are probable. Brown, Rackers and Green did not participate in team drills today.

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