Insider Notes: Defenders' Status Uncertain

Three injured defensive starters are battling back from injuries; here is a status report on each of them.

...Defensive end Phillip Daniels will see a back specialist today, but the Redskins expect him to be cleared to resume playing. Whether or not he'll be able to play Thursday is another matter, one left up to the coaches.

...Defensive tackle Cornelius Griffin (knee) remains sidelined and is unlikely to play Thursday. He and Daniels both participated in individual drills today.

...Corner Shawn Springs is still uncertain if he'll play against the Vikings.

...Offensive lineman Jim Molinaro returned to practice after missing the first three preseason games following arthroscopic knee surgery. He's in a major battle to keep a roster spot.

...Assistant coach Don Breaux returned to practice today, after missing several days following hernia surgery. Breaux was in the office Sunday.

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