Midweek Report

John Keim updates Redskins fans on happenings around the Redskins. This weeks report includes updates on Santana Moss, Clinton Portis, Brandon Lloyd, Fred Smoot as well as tidbits on stopping the Lions offense and what is going on at the Wide Receiver position.

The news: Receiver Santana Moss did not practice because of his strained groin and said he's still uncertain about his status for Sunday. Moss said he won't be sure he's feeling better until he's able to fully test himself. And he said he would prefer not to play if he doesn't practice Sunday.

Injury report: Aside from Moss, three other Redskins were limited in practice: running back Clinton Portis (bruised/sprained knee), receiver Brandon Lloyd (shin) and safety Sean Taylor (knee). All three are expected to play Sunday. Corner Fred Smoot (hamstring) did practice and said he'll play.

Locker room issue No. 1: How to stop the Lions' offense.

Detroit has posted some big numbers this season, particularly in two of their four games when they've scored 36 and 37 points, respectively. ''You've got to look forward to this challenge,'' corner Shawn Springs said. What the Redskins must do is disrupt the timing of the wideouts; mix coverages, with a heavy dose of cover 2 to prevent big plays; and get to quarterback Jon Kitna with the front four. If Moss doesn't play, the Redskins' defense will have to really limit the Lions, knowing their own offense won't be as explosive.

Locker room issue No. 2: The wideouts.

Specifically, when can Keenan McCardell and Reche Caldwell help. With Moss uncertain, they'll need extra help. James Thrash would start in Moss' place at the Z receiver spot, but others would need to provide big plays. Caldwell says he's more than ready to play, having been here nearly a month. It helps that both are veterans who understand the offense and are considered good route-runners.

Joe Gibbs says: ''Any time you go against a real good offensive team, the pressure goes up on both sides of the ball. You have to play great on defense, but you also prefer to keep the ball yourself. They're 3-1 for a reason. You have to think this will go right to the last play like our other games.''

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