Redskins Park Notes: 3 on O-Line Rest

Redskisn Park Notes 01.10.06--The Skins relish their underdog status.

...Corner Shawn Springs practiced today and is listed as probable on the injury report for Saturday's divisional playoff game against Seattle. But three-fifths of the Redskins' offensive line did not practice: RT Jon Jansen (back/thumb), LT Chris Samuels (knee) and RG Ray Brown (knee). Brown needed an injection, but only Samuels is listed on the injury report. He's probable. Receiver James Thrash (thumb) is questionable. He had a cast on his right hand after having surgery Monday.

For Seattle, LB D.D. Lewis (foot), DE Joe Tafoya (hamstring) and CB Marcus Trufant (lower back) all are listed as questionable. But the Seahawks' secondary is a bit banged up, too.

...While most of the players worked on special teams, the defensive linemen worked on footwork drills. Until they were interrupted by a visitor.

''Time out!'' DL coach Greg Blache said. ''We got our hero here!''

Then he razzed Portis.

''He blocks someone for the first time all year and he gets an award,'' Blache joked, drawing laughter and smiles.

Portis then left the group smiling.
...The Redskins' public relations staff was reluctant to do this, but it had to be done: a conference call with the league about Super Bowl credentials.

...If the Redskins win, right tackle Jon Jansen said his wife likely will make an appointment to have their baby induced. The due date? February 5th. When Jansen's wife told her prank-playing husband the due date, his first response was, ''You're kidding?'' She wasn't. He, of course, knew exactly what that date was, mainly because of where the game is being played.

''It's been my dream to play in that game in Detroit,'' he said.'

...Joe Gibbs on Mark Brunell: ‘'After a while you get to appreciate what [Mark Brunell] means to the team and his leadership. Today was a dog day and he's out there trying to rally guys and get them to fight through things. That's the best part of our team; the locker room and character we have and that's a good example.''

...Trust us when we say the Redskins love being underdogs in this game. Remember, they have a bunch of players -- Ryan Clark, Lemar Marshall, Joe Salave'a -- who were unknowns a year ago. They thrive off the underdog label and it's not just them. Think that Pro Bowl snub works well now? The Redskins' defense has something to prove.

...One reason Phillip Daniels said he's had more sacks of late is the de-emphasis on blitzing. When the Redskins would blitz off the edge, he would shoot inside, trying to open up the outside for someone else. As teams have used less max protection, that's left him in more one-on-one situations. He's had six sacks in the past three games.


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