Good Bye

The Redskins hit their bye week at a good time as over half a dozen starters get a chance to rest their varying ailments

The top running back left with a walking boot; the top receiver has a bad hamstring and the quarterback, like him or not, couldn't practice, either. And then there's the defense, where the top linebacker (Marcus Washington) and lineman (Cornelius Griffin) are both ailing.

So when it comes to byes, the Redskins had theirs fall at the right time. Not only are they hurting because of a 2-5 record, but they're also smarting physically.

The players have the next four days off after spending the past two days practicing. At least most of them did. Among those who did not practice because of various ailments: Mark Brunell, Chris Samuels, Santana Moss, Clinton Portis, Brandon Lloyd, Lemar Marshall and Washington. Griffin is limited. ''We're at a point where we can use the bye,'' coach Joe Gibbs said.

The Redskins also used the bye to analyze what's gone wrong in the first seven games from a tactical standpoint. They've gone over every play, planning to tweak some and ditch others.

During the past two days they refocused on the run and pass game, on both sides of the ball.

''It's trying to major in the things you do well,'' Gibbs said. ''Obviously you drop some things you don't think you do very well and then you kind of set your plan based on, 'Hey, this is the kind of football team we think we are.' ''

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